Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Paralympians take on a Marathon to Fundraise for our grants

Sport Access Foundation

There’s nothing like a challenge particularly when it’s coming from another Paralympian, Sport Access Foundation Founder, Katie Kelly OAM PLY, has taken up the challenge set by Paralympian (Beijing 2008, Wheelchair Tennis) Michael Dobbie-Bridges to enter the Gold Coast Marathon and fundraise as he is doing for Sport Access Foundation's grant program.

Michael has set himself the goal of competing in the full Marathon, while Katie will attempt to the Half. It has been a long time comnig for this type of distance for both Paralympians. This will be Michael's first Marathon, and Katie's first half marathon since her last one in 2013.

We've decided on a target of $28,000, as this is what it would cost for a person with a disability to compete in a chair, and one to compet with a Guide. The cost work out like this:

  • A new wheelchair for road racing is worth up to $20,000
  • If you were to pay a running coach to train with a blind or low vision runner to be your running guide for a marathon for 6 months, an average of $50/hour

➡️ Average of 5 hours a week, (assuming you can’t use a treadmill as a low vision person).
➡️ $250 / week, $1,000/ month.
✅ $6,000 for 6 months.

🎯 $28,000

TO DONATE: Click the button below and use the #michaelsmarathon in the comments when you make a donation


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