In July 2011, Wheelchair Sports Victoria is hosting Cycle Power Vietnam, a 13 day challenge in July 2011 to enable people with disabilities to be given a fair go. The journey begins in Hanoi and takes the participants 540km to Ho Chi Minh City.
Cycle Power has been created as a fundraising initiative to help give more people with disability a fair go and educate young people about disability issues. Led by champion handcyclist, disability sport ambassor and paraplegic, Gary Connor, the trip provides a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for up to 20 people with and without disabilities to cycle across Vietnam for a significantly important cause.
“Cycle Power Vietnam is a very positive and important initiative for Wheelchair Sports Victoria, with the tour raising much needed funds to continue to provide sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Sport has been vital in my road to recovery following a workplace accident 22 years ago. Purchasing my handcycle has allowed me to enjoy bike riding with my kids on weekends and provided me with the opportunity to compete in cycling events throughout Australia. Cycle Power Vietnam will be the adventure of a lifetime that will raise funds for an organisation that has played such an important role in restoring my fitness, health and wellbeing since my accident,” says Cycle Power Ambassador, Gary Connor.
Seven handcycling and cycling enthusiasts have already registered, with 13 places still available. Registrations are open to all levels of ability. So far, Gary will be joined by an array of people from different backgrounds and life experiences, including Ray Losionek (double below knee amputee), Nick Larionow (cerebal palsy, 2004 Paralympic shot put bronze medallist), Ron Fenton and son (partially disabled police sergeant following an on the job shooting incident), Gary Patterson (able bodied businessman and philanthropist), Jason Sleep (paraplegic Waterskiing World Champion and WSV Wheel Talk Education Program Presenter) and Sam Brahman (amputee 2004 & 2008 Paralympic swimming gold medallist and world record holder).
To support Cycle Power Vietnam and get more information, please visit www.cyclepower.org.au