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Swimming: Melanie taking a new track.

Byline: By John Wilkinson

SWIMMING champion Melanie Easter is changing course as she homes in on further Paralympic glory in Beijing next year.

A gold medallist in the pool at both the Atlanta and Sydney Games, Kenilworth-based Easter has made the switch to cycling with such outstanding results that she will be lining up at the disability world championships which start in Bordeaux tomorrow.

The married mother of one will be taking on the world's best in the visually impaired track and road events in France with tandem pilot Rebecca Rimmington, and has been given invaluable assistance in her transition by Kenilworth bike shop Mike Vaughan Cycles who, as well as their expertise, have supplied her with the latest fitness equipment from Tacx.

Easter is following in the wheels of Sarah Bailey and Jody Cundy, who both exchanged glittering careers in the swimming pool for cycling to become world champions in little more than a year, and her performances in Bordeaux will aid Britain's overall Paralympic effort with results counting towards the number of places to be allocated for Beijing.

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RARING TO GO ... Melanie Easter outside the Kenilworth cycle business that is backing her bid for glory
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2007
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