Forty-seven members of Team Sporting Wheelies were amongst the 30,000-strong crowd who enjoyed a picture-perfect day for the 21st Bridge to Brisbane fun run on 27 August.
The Association members and staff, along with family and friends, completed either the 5km or 10km courses to raise awareness about the importance of sport and healthy activity for people of all abilities, as well as raising vital funds to help support the Association’s programs and services.
The team included 10 members with a disability – Pamela Simmonds (10km), Wouter Ernsting, Kylie Deane, Mitchell McCracken, Belinda Mills, Fred Nitz, Reigne Dadey, Shane Daley, Damien Mortaud and Naomi Oliver (5km), and welcomed the inclusion of a group of 10 delegates from the Korean Paralympic Committee.
The team’s most successful fundraiser again was Association gym member Wouter Ernsting, who raised just over $2,600 – half of the Association’s $5,200 fundraising total.
Wouter was inspired to do the 5km course in 2016 by his trainer Sarah Corley, who works with Wouter twice a week in our NeuroMoves program at The Gym, and this year, set himself a goal to take 10 minutes off his previous time – that he did, beating his time by 11 minutes!
Canberra Paralympian Richard Nicholson was the fastest elite wheelchair athlete, finishing the 10km in 26:43min, followed by the Gold Coast’s Jason McGregor (36:25) and Sara Tait (40:30).
To make a congratulatory donation to a team member or to the Association’s corporate Bridge to Brisbane appeal page, visit www.sportingwheelies.org.au/b2b before 30 September.