Megan Giglia who has epilepsy, secures first Paralympic medal
On the opening day of the games, para-cyclist Megan Gilia won gold in the women’s individual pursuit race in her first Paralympics.
Megan only took up the sport four years ago after watching the London 2012 Games. She has been described by the media as the ‘one to watch’ after her incredible run at the UCI Para-cycling World Championship earlier this year, where she won two gold medals.
Her life took an unexpected change when she was 27 years old. She had a brain haemorrhage caused by a severe stroke, resulting in her partially losing use across her right side and being diagnosed with epilepsy.
Speaking with ITV news, Megan explained that she ‘used cycling as a way of regaining mobility.’
However, Megan explains that she’s often left extremely tired or sleepy, leaving her at risk of potentially experiencing up to three or four seizures after a block of training.
Well done to Megan on achieving the first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics and we wish her the best of luck in her upcoming events.