Cyclist Goldy Fuchs aims for gold at Rio Paralympics

Eighteen athletes from the Western Cape jetted off to compete in Brazil yesterday.

Cyclist Goldy Fuchs. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Cyclist Goldy Fuchs says he hopes to retain his number one world ranking at the Rio Paralympics.

Eighteen athletes from the Western Cape jetted off to Brazil yesterday. They make up almost half of the South African team which will compete at the event.

A high-spirited Western Cape team has left for Rio de Janeiro being cheered on by family and fans.

Fuchs says he would like to make the country proud.

"I'm going there to make my country and my mother proud. I'm going for gold."

On the sidelines, first time flag-bearer Zanele Situ also shared words of encouragement for other athletes with disabilities.

"Pull your head up and focus on it with all your heart."

Hand cyclist and wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk also wished his fellow team-mates well.

"What better sendoff can you ask for? Western Cape does it in style and we've done it again."

The Paralympic Games is set to kick off next month.