Megan Giglia

As a result of a stroke, Megan Giglia suffered various neurological issues and paralysis to the right-side of her body at the age of 27.

Giving up is not an option

Megan has always been sporty even prior to suffering an acute brain heamorrhage, a stroke, in January 2013. The right side of her body was paralysed, she had a speech impediment, epilepsy, memory loss, etc.

Just six month after she left the hospital, she got a bike out of her shed. She tied her hand to the handle bar and her foot to the pedal and then rode for 15 hours straight - cycling almost 200 kilometres.

"Anyone with the right support, grit, determination and opportunities available to them has the chance to succeed."

Megan Giglia, Para Track and Road cyclist and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Megan Giglia at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 (© Getty Images for Ottobock)

Positive thinking is a skill that is worth learning for all of us

A little bit more than a year on from her stroke, Megan was classified as a C3 athlete and was accepted on to the British Cycling Paralympic Development Programme. She made her debut ride for Great Britain in March 2015 at the Para cycling track World Championship, placing 4th. By March 2016, Megan was ranked No.1 in her class, becoming a double World Champion and double World Record holder in 500 metres time trial and the 3000 metres individual pursuit. She preceded to smash her World Records at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016 where she won her first Paralympic gold.

"Winning Gold wasn't even on my mind, I just knew I wanted more from life and had a lot more to give." Megan is now aiming for a medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Personally, Megan is striving to launch her own business, providing cycling opportunities within the educational sector, with a key focus on children being in care. She is a motivational speaker, inspiring her audience to never give up and overcoming barriers to success. "My role now is to captivate, educate and motivate. Seeing the positives through the negatives is a skill worth learning."

Key facts

  • Nation: Great Britain
  • Year of birth: 1985
  • Sport: Para Cycling – Track and Road
  • Classification: C3
  • Coach: John Hewitt
  • Club: The Great Britain Cycling Team

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016:
    • Gold medal in the 3000 m individual pursuit
  • Para Cycling Track World Championship Rio de Janeiro 2018:
    • Gold medal in the 500 m time trial
    • Silver medal in the 3000 m individual pursuit
  • Para Cycling Track World Championship Montichiari 2016:
    • Gold medal in the 500 m time trial
    • Gold medal in the 3000 m individual pursuit

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