CAPTION: The team from last years trip to Cambodia. Photo: SUPPLIED.
This June eighteen Australian cyclists, both able bodied and people with disability, will complete CyclePower, a demanding 550km ride around Fiji.
CyclePower Fiji aims to support those living with a disability in Fiji, by raising awareness of people with disability and demonstrating their sporting ability.
Chief Executive Officer of Disability Sport and Recreation, Rob Anderson, said “sport is a wonderful vehicle to provide understanding and social inclusion.
“We are bringing people with disability into Fiji to send a message to locals that incredible feats can be achieved, challenging their perception of disability.”
The event also provides a rare sporting opportunity for Australians with disability, and raises funds for Victorians with disability to participate in sport.
This year sees the event’s biggest contingency of handcyclists, with seven completing the gruelling 550km on a handcycle in just seven days.
A handcycle is an impressive three-wheeled vehicle, powered by the arms, rather than the legs.
Along their journey, CyclePower participants will donate sporting equipment such as basketballs and footballs to various Special Development Schools and disability organisations.
CyclePower is in its third year of action, with previous rides held in Vietnam in 2011 and Cambodia in 2012.
CyclePower participants with disability range from 20 to 66 years of age, showcasing a range of disabilities and life challenges.
Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) is an Australian charity with many initiatives supporting people with a disability in Victoria.
For over 50 years, DSR has worked to ensure people with a disability have equal opportunities to participate in activities of their choice, leading to both physical and mental health benefits.