Our athletes

  • Peter Smith

    Peter is an extremely busy man; being a qualified Pony Instructor, the treasurer for the Goonanamen Anglican Parish, a member of the Bundaberg Male Voice Choir and an entertainer at nursing homes; all while looking after his family and training in his sport of horse riding. Being already involved in horse riding for the disabled, taking his son, when Ray was involved...
  • Laura Power

    After showing a love for horses, Laura was enrolled into Samford’s Riding for the Disabled and had a natural ability to become one with the horse. Laura has since competed in the State Riding for the Disabled Association’s Championships in Caboolture. Showing her true ability at the championships, Laura presented herself with pride in the competition. Born with intellectual impairment, Laura...
  • Simon Patmore

    After being asked by the Australian Paralympic Committee to attend a talent camp in Perisher, Simon showed great potential in para-snowboarding. Already excelling in athletics, he was selected to compete in the 2015/2016 IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup. The twenty-nine-year-old has previously represented Australia in athletics in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 and 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships and 2012 Paralympic Games. Due to difficulties at...
  • Jashar Keetley

    According to his coach, Jashar is one of the star athletes in the Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Program. Playing in B grade for the Sunshine Coast Spinners Tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the fourteen-year-old hopes to one day represent Australia in the Paralympics for wheelchair basketball. Jashar plans to fulfill his Paralympic dream by continuing training at his local club every Wednesday night and also...
  • Megan Guilfoyle

    Megan was introduced to horse riding at three years of age and appeared to her parents that she had a very natural talent for the sport. Her love for horse riding grew throughout her childhood, and was enrolled in a Riding for the Disabled club in 2013, at ten years of age. Now, at thirteen, Megan has come first in...
  • Annette Goldsworthy

    Reaching for the stars, Annette has competed in many competitions for her sport of lawn bowls; even representing Queensland in the state singles in 2015. After watching a lot of games played by her parents, Annette gave it a try and hasn’t looked back. After a stroke during childbirth, Annette found confidence in competing in lawn bowls and finds participating the most rewarding...
  • Nathan Donaldson

    Grade nine student, Nathan, was introduced to wheelchair racing at his athletics club by silver and bronze medal Paralympic racing champion, Rheed McCracken. After playing soccer as a young boy and running in little athletics, Nathan realised that he had the potential to go very far with wheelchair racing. With a new-found confidence after qualifying for Queensland State Finals at just thirteen years of age,...
  • Marcus Distefano

    In need of an extracurricular activity, Marcus was introduced to horse riding, and has proven extremely beneficial to not only his fine motor skills but also his confidence. The ten year old’s Hypotonia and Autism does not stop him from becoming the happiest boy in the world when he is scheduled to ride. There are smiles all round when Marcus spends time...
  • Kelly Warren-Athletics

    Kelly, 15, competes in the T44 classification and continues to improve her personal best at each competition. She won the 100m and 200m events at the state titles, and won the 200m gold at the nationals and silver in the 100m. A state record holder, she has her sights set on breaking national records and competing for Australia...


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