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Life cycles

Ray with a big smile riding a bike by a beach.

Ray Losionek sees his achievements in life as a result of a can do attitude. Initially he wanted to walk again after becoming a double amputee at the age of eight. The next stage was learning to ride a tricycle to improve his mobility. After marrying, owning his own business and raising four boys, Ray's love of cycling continues in his retirement. However, it's now about challenging himself, keeping fit and encouraging others in less fortunate countries.

Posted by: Kate Giles, on 22/08/14

2 comments - last comment on 26/08/14

Shooting Blind

Man shooting an arrow at a target

A six-week course teaches blind people the sport of archery. They learn to hold the bow, use special tactile devices, and rules of the sport. Those who complete the course can apply to become members of an archery club and take part in competitions. Hitting the target with an arrow is a very rewarding feeling.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 08/03/13

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Gran Fondo

A large number of cycling competitors riding along a road.

I cycled in the Gran Fondo race organised by the Amy Gillett Foundation. Amy Gillett was a cyclist who was hit and killed by a car in 2005. The Foundation was set up to raise awareness of safe cycling, both for cyclists and motorists. The ride is 115 kilometres and there are lots of hills. I was well prepared for it because I cycle a lot. The ride started in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. We then rode away from the coast and finally made our way back to Lorne. It was a challenging and enjoyable event.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 26/10/12

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Journey to the Paralympics

Stuart Tripp handcycling on a street.

Stuart Tripp was in a car accident in 1994. No one thought he would survive. He had many operations and part of his leg removed. It was a difficult time for Stuart. A friend introduced him to handcycling. This kind of cycling uses the hands instead of the legs to turn the pedals. Stuart really enjoyed the freedom handcycling gave him. He has already represented Australia in international competitions. Now he is going to race in two events at the Paralympic Games in London. Whatever the outcome of those races, Stuart has had an amazing journey.

Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 30/08/12

2 comments - last comment on 04/10/12

Creating the Paralympics

A head shot of Ludwig Guttman.

Ludwig Guttman was a specialist doctor for people with spinal injuries. Working at a hospital in England, many of his patients were soldiers injured from war. Guttman believed sport gave his patients strong upper bodies and made them mentally strong. He made up a game called wheelchair polo. His patients also played wheelchair archery and wheelchair netball. In 1948 Guttman held a competition at the hospital at the same time as the London Olympic Games. These games for people with a disability would later grow to be a popular international competition. Today they are known as the Paralympics.

Posted by: Susan Frankel, on 24/08/12

2 comments - last comment on 31/08/12

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