We are pushing #City2Surf – to raise awareness and funds for community support……

I collected our team bibs for City2Surf2015 and started to get excited, less than 48 hours!!

We had our last training session on Wednesday which went well except very breezy which meant Emily and Cobie both felt cold. We had a group discussion about layering up for Sunday. I can assure you all now that there will be no shedding of clothes when these two race! Keeping warm is an issue as a wheelchair user. Continue reading

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Be wheelie kind – don’t deny wheelchair users access. Let’s start a revolution of awareness.

The choices we make everyday define us as people. We actively display our attitudes, values and beliefs which reveal our strengths and weaknesses, our compassion and our integrity.Our choices are worn on our sleeves for all to observe. Continue reading

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ParaQuad Cover Girls are Going for Gold in the City2Surf

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Emily and Cobie spent a third Sunday rolling around Centennial Park being followed by their hairy coach!  Beastie keeps the pace up while rehydrating at every opportunity, she manages to juggle being social while barking orders – all good leadership skills!

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We made good time and allowed ourselves a coffee stop to talk tactics. Basically we aim to walk, roll the 14 km course on Sunday 9th August from Sydney city center to Bondi surf hence City2Surf while raising funds and awareness for ParaQuadNSW.


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The team is supportive of Emily and Cobie but these two girls want to push themselves along the route. Cobie completed the race in 2013 so wants to beat her original time. Emily is in her inaugural race so will celebrate finishing as her goal.

Both girls want to raise awareness of ParaQuadNSW – an organisation that supports people with spinal cord injury in the community. As ParaQuadNSW members each has through application received funding to study at University.

IMG_7037If we can maintain a 5km per hour average speed we will complete the course in under 3 hours but heartbreak Hill may push that expectation? Watch this space for updates!

If you would like to sponsor Emily please click here

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Raising funds and awareness for the differently-abled helps carers too! #City2Surf

I signed the form that Emily assertively presented to me and realized I was; chief supporter, responsible carer, sandwich maker and jelly bean monitor for her City2Surf team on Sunday, August 9th, 2015.

From Hyde Park the course is 14 km through to the finish line at Bondi. I have not been involved in previous races but you can’t live in Sydney without knowing about the City2Surf Heartbreak Hill. Discard any visions of weeping lovers as they are dumped along the wayside or broken-hearted couples clutching their heaving chests as they wave tearful, red-eyed farewells. No, Heartbreak Hill threatens the thigh and calf muscles of all the participants as it has a false summit. What appears to be the hill-top is actually only a corner on a continuing rise. The undulations that follow through residential streets keeps everyone literally on their toes!

As the ink dried on my signature I rushed to Google the race site. I had to deep breathe through my alarm as I read…… Elite Wheelchair Athletes: This Start Group is for elite wheelchair athletes only. Athletes must be in a racing chair to compete in this Start Group and who will aim to complete the course sub 38mins.

38mins!  SUB 38mins!

Let’s go back to the beginning – Emily wants to raise awareness and funds for ParaQuad. An organisation that supports people with spinal cord injury in the community. As a ParaQuad member Emily could apply and was granted a scholarship which she put towards her University fees. Returning to University was an important milestone within Emily’s recovery goals.

ParaQuad supports life choices after spinal injuries. It also supports carers because if it aids Emily, it aids me as her full-time carer. With increased  resources and support Emily is empowered with more independence heading towards a positive future with opportunities.

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On our first training session we averaged 5 km an hour so we should finish the City2Surf course  in 3 hours. Add in a sandwich and jelly bean pit stop and maybe a finish time of 3.5 hours would be more realistic. Does that help put the elite wheelchair athletes into perspective!

Emily and her mate Cobie are determined to push their way through and enjoy the success that comes with a challenge. If you would like to support them and their carers by donating to ParaQuad please see their everyday heroes site here

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 Thank you from Emily, me and our track coach – The Big Black Beastie!

 

 

 

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It’s important to get out…

There’s no place like home” repeats Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, tapping her little sparkly red shoes . Here I am in Oz and I’m so aware that home is where I want to be. When it’s raining on a cold Sunday afternoon home is where the hearth is warm and the kettle boils ready for tea. When your feet ache from shopping all day home beckons with the opportunity to rest up on a long sofa. After a wonderful evening with friends my bed invites me to languish cozily under the covers but it’s important to get out.

We are all homing pigeons, each of us stack up memories that revolve around our homes and families. We can be ourselves in the privacy of our own homes. Our kitchens reflect our tastes, our decor reflects our personalities  and our lifestyle is reflected in all our interior choices. Homes are unique, intimate and wholly our own space. We can hide from the world, we can rejuvenate, we can rest and recuperate, we can prepare ourselves and gird ourselves for our next challenge.

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Good food and exercise …research aims to establish and implement programs to aid SCI health.

We all know that good food is important …..lots of green vegetables, salads and fresh fruit.  I met an aged tortoise that reminded me of that fact recently at Singapore Zoo but there is another important factor to human longevity – exercise!

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