Jono Brownjohn in action with his new blade. Image courtesy of Jono Brownjohn.
Eighteen-year-old Jono Brownjohn is on the Pathway to Podium programme – a nationwide talent development programme for young athletes. A sprinter and jumper, Jono’s aiming for selection for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s recently been given a blade to wear on this lower left leg and can’t wait to see the difference it’ll make to his results.
Jo Jackson, Manuela McLean and Nicola Essex at Equidays
Para-riders gathered at last month’s Equidays in Hamilton to take part in workshops to hone their skills and those of their mounts. Horses were taught to respond to visual, voice and whip cues from riders who can’t always use the same tricks as abled-bodied riders. Para Equestrian’s a sport that is growing in popularity in New Zealand. There are now 70 classified riders.