Sport passion inspires aunt
SPEEDING down the race track with the help of a premium racing wheelchair has long been the dream of 13-year-old Rheed McCracken.
The Bundaberg lad has cerebral palsy, but his passion for his sport has led to his aunt Jodi Baigent organising a charity golf day at the Bargara Golf Club on Friday.
“Some of the money will go towards Rheed and his wheelchair, and the rest will go to Sporting Wheelies which help disabled athletes pay for travel and accommodation to their sporting events,” Ms Baigent said.
Earlier this year Rheed challenged Sunrise presenter David Koch in Sydney's famous Balmoral Burn – a 420m dash up Sydney's steepest street.
Rheed completed the dash using a borrowed racing chair.
“There is not always the sporting equipment available when he needs it because there is just not enough to be shared around,” Ms Baigent said.
A new wheelchair for Rheed will cost about $4500.
Ms Baigent is hoping for about 70 competitors at the golf day.
“I've got about 55 so far but the more the merrier,” she said.
Prizes will be given in nine categories.
The event starts at 7.30am for an 8am tee off. Cost is $50 which includes a free sausage and drink.