Season opener dedicated to paralyzed cyclistPOSTED: 01/23/12 7:10 PM
St. Maarten – The Soualiga Cycling Club presented the proceeds from Sunday’s season opening race to Emmanuel Laud yesterday to show their solidarity with Deion Richardson – a cyclist who was shot under mysterious circumstances on November 5 in Anguilla.
Richardson, who is a member of the Stingers Cycling Club in Anguilla is currently paralyzed from the waist down after a bullet from an un known source struck him in his back while he was attending a social gathering at Squawks Hideout at Statia Valley.
“Richardson has been with me for the past five years and he has potential to develop into a professional cyclist,” Laud said. Richardson has represented the Stingers on St Maarten on several occasions and had it not been for his injuries, he would have been a part of yesterday’s events.
“I really appreciate what the cyclists on St Maarten are doing for my cyclist, but every thing is in the hands of the lord. All we have to do now is wait and see if he will be able make a full recovery,” Laud said.
Several riders who had not competed for a number of years got back on the saddle, 58 year old Laud included, in order to support the initiative.