New wheelchair a boost for Nathan
ATHLETICS: It's the small pain for what will hopefully be a long-term gain.
Bundaberg's Nathan Donaldson is heading down to Canberra and Brisbane this week to fit himself into a new chair so he can continue racing.
Having outgrown his old chair, Donaldson needs a new one before he competes in next year's state and national championships.
"It's going to take 12 to 16 weeks to get the chair so we figured we got to do it now,” Nathan's father, Paul, said.
"In the chair we noticed he was twisting his body and he was not straight.
"If we don't get it now he won't have the chance to compete next year.”
The new wheelchair has been made possible from the support of the community.
Businessman Bill Moorhead, as part of Moorhead Family Communities, and The Waves Sports Club each gave Nathan $1000 to cover the costs.
"We want to sponsor him through to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020,” Moorhead said.
"There is a long way to go but with Nathan's fantastic work ethic, beaming positivity and personal drive, we know that we are backing a winner.”
Paul said the support was fantastic.
"The community support has been so humbling,” he said.
"We'd literally not be able to do anything without the support.”
Paul said it would take some time for Nathan to smash out new personal best times.
"He'll actually be slower in times initially because the different set-up will take time to get used to,” he said.
"It's going to be a bit of a transition but it's the perfect time so we can prepare for larger events, such as the junior worlds in 2019.”