HOME COMING: Rheed McCracken in Bundaberg during the weekend.
HOME COMING: Rheed McCracken in Bundaberg during the weekend. Mike Knott BUN240916ATHLETICS13

Rheed sets his sights on Tokyo

AFTER experiencing the joys of the Rio Paralympics, Bundaberg Rheed McCracken can't wait to do it all again in Tokyo.

Talking to the NewsMail after a busy few days in the region, McCracken confirmed Rio won't be his last Games as he aims to add to his two silver and two bronze medals.

"I'm 19 and I would like to do another Games," he said.

"I want to do at least four Games, so Tokyo is the next Paralympic goal."

His decision to go around again comes after he was a special guest at the Little Athletics Queensland Spring Carnival in Bundaberg on Saturday.

Not only did he sign autographs and meet the next track stars, McCracken also competed, blowing off the cobwebs from a busy few days including a couple of flights.

Still showing he is in top form, McCracken did a sub-16-second time to take out the 100m in his class.

McCracken said it was great to compete back on his home track.

"I didn't really think about it at the time but it was a weird feeling competing," he said.

"I went from the world stage and plenty of pressure to a local event so it was good to still do a good time."

Having moved back to Bundy for the time being, McCracken said he now had a good balance in his life.

"I'll head to Newcastle just before I race again in January and spend time with my coach (Andrew Dawes)," he said.

"At this stage I'm really driven to a level so hopefully being back in Bundaberg works as I improve."

The ultimate goal for McCracken is to now close the gap before Tokyo to seal a gold at the next Paralympics.

"I've got the best wheelchair coach so he'll help me close the gap," he said.

"Four years is a long time so I hope to get faster than those around me."

In the immediate future though McCracken plans on taking a little break, before embarking on his next adventure which is studying a university degree in 2017.

Meanwhile fellow Bundaberg wheelchair racer Nathan Donaldson also set great times at the Spring Carnival.

Competing in the 100m, 400m and 800m he smashed his times from last year's event as he continues to improve in competition.

In the 100m he did a 19.66 to beat his current personal best time by 0.6 seconds.

After a busy few months for him, it was the perfect start to his season.



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