AWESOME FOURSOME: Rheed McCracken won four gold medals at the Australian Athletics Championships at Albert Park in Melbourne. Photo Brad McCracken
AWESOME FOURSOME: Rheed McCracken won four gold medals at the Australian Athletics Championships at Albert Park in Melbourne. Photo Brad McCracken Brad McCracken

Nerves still build despite impressive record

RHEED McCracken has a growing collection of Paralypmic, World and Australian Championship medals, and despite that he admits there is no shortage of nerves before he races.

He added four more gold medals, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m wheelchair, to that collection at the Australian Athletics Championships and he said it was good he felt that tension before a race.

"I absolutely felt nervous - you have to be nervous," Rheed said.

"If you don't get nervous before a race you don't wasn't something bad enough."

After a tough four days of competition McCracken will have a couple of weeks off before he resumes training for the Swiss Nationals in May.

In a quiet year, the Swiss Nationals will serve as a reconnaissance mission for an assault on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Di Gennaro.

With on race in particular on his radar - T34 800m.

But there is another stop on the journey to Rio and Rheed said he will learn as much as he can about his opposition during the trip to Switzerland with nothing left to chance on his return.

"When I get home I will go into hiding and train for the 2015 World Championships in Qatar," he said.

"Hopefully I won't have to race a tactical race; I will now in myself if they want to go slow or fast I will be able to do it."

Bundaberg's other athletes who competed at the national titles also returned with great results. Taryn Gollshewsky got silver in the women's discus behind Dani Samuels (66.18m) with a throw of 53.66m.

Jodie Willis-Roberts earned two silver medals, women's ambulant shotput (9.49m) and discus (28.54m), while Ben Lorimer placed fifth in men's secured shotput and discus and fourth in secured javelin.



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