Aileen McGlynn OBE is a World and Paralympic Cycling Champion.
Born partially sighted, Aileen has represented Great Britain at three consecutive Paralympic Games (2004, 2008 and 2012) winning 3 gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 1 bronze medal.
Aileen’s Paralympic journey started at the Athens games in 2004. Accompanied by her tandem pilot Ellen Hunter, both were relative unknowns and on the National Team for only two years, they became the surprise Paralympic Champions. Aileen and Ellen were the first women ever to win a Gold medal in Cycling for Great Britain in the Olympics and the Paralympics. Two days later they added Silver to their medal tally in the sprint.
At the Beijing Paralympic games, Aileen and Ellen set a new world record in the 1km time trial winning Gold, and also won Gold in the 3km pursuit.
In 2009, Aileen and Ellen set themselves an interim challenge and débuted at the World Road Championships, where they won Silver in the time trial and came 5th in the road race. They then went on to win Gold and break the World Record in the 1km time trial and add Bronze in the pursuit at the World Track Championships in November.
Pairing up with a new tandem pilot Helen Scott for the 2010 World Track Championships, the Aussies got the better of the duo and had to settle for a Silver medal in the 1km time trial.
Competing at the 2011 World Track Championships in Los Angeles, Aileen and Helen were the best all rounder’s and came away with 3 Silver medals in the 1km time trial, the 3km pursuit and the sprint.
In 2012 at the London Paralympic Games Aileen and Helen won Silver in the 1km time trial and Bronze in the 3km pursuit.
Pairing up with Scottish pilot Fiona Duncan for the 2013 International Para-cycling Cup, having only ridden together for 6 weeks, they won a Silver medal in the 1km time trial and a Bronze medal in the sprint, meeting the qualifying standards to compete for Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In July 2006, Aileen received an MBE from HRH the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for Services to Cycling for the Disabled. This was followed by an OBE along with Ellen Hunter in the 2009 New Year Honours List.