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With the help of SIT Bachelor of Sport and Exercise students, New Zealand's high-performance para-cycling programme is launching new medalists.

The team's altitude training for the Para-Cycling team when they were preparing for the world championships was prepared and managed by SIT students, who are thrilled that they were able to help the athletes succeed on the world stage, gaining a gold medal, two silver medals, and a bronze medal.

SIT was approached by Paralympics NZ to help the athletes with some hypoxic training sessions in preparation for the Cycling World Championships in Mexico. Hypoxic training involves training at a lower than normal intake of oxygen, which simulates the environment at different altitudes.

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise students were involved as part of their Applied Sports Science paper. The role of the students was to monitor and record five Paralympics NZ athletes power, heart rate and oxygen saturation during each session. Another important role was to monitor the athletes wellbeing and encourage them through each session. 

During the training we received great feedback on the service we were providing, so much so that one of the athletes stayed in Invercargill a week longer to train with us. 

Read more about New Zealand’s high-performance para-cycling programme here http://www.paralympic.org/news/new-zealand-s-foy-and-fairweather-paired-success

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