Coert van Straaten

“The fact that I am still able to do the things I love, even though I am an amputee, drives me. I am especially inspired by other disabled athletes who are performing well.”

Sport: Cycling
Nationality: South African
Gender: Male
Born: 8th September 1951
Amputation: Above-the-Knee
Class: C3
Main Events: Track Cycling, Road Cycling
Club: Centurion Cycling Club
Affiliations: Is Ability Sports Club, Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics & Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Background

Veteran cyclist, Coert van Straaten, is a former Springbok who lost his right leg due to ‘a knee replacement gone wrong’ in 2008. Coert represented South Africa at the World Championships in the Track Cycling events prior to the amputation.

Coert competed for the first time as amputee at the 2010 SA Championships. He is a member of Team Icexpress – a group of athletes competing in various sporting disciplines with upper/lower extremity amputations who depend on prosthetist Johan Snyders of Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics to ensure optimum performance.

“My general aim is to improve my riding times to such an extent that I may get a shot at competing at the World Championships.”

2008 Amputation
2010 March - Gold in both the LC2 1000m Time Trail and the LC2 4000m Pursuit events. Van Straaten rode the LC2 1000m Time Trail in 1.35 seconds – setting a new SA record.
2011 March - Fourth place in the C3 Senior Cycling Time Trial at the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled with a time of 33:04.18 seconds, and bronze in the C3 Road Race with a time of 2:05:37.76
2011 April - silver in both the C3 1000m time trial and the C3 3000m pursuit items at the National Track Cycling Championships in Cape Town.

Tokyo Paralympics a triumph for IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics and Associates

Athletes representing IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics' IsAbility Sports Club shine on the track and field for South Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan.

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