WHEEL HELP: A donation of $5000 by sports supporter Nan Cowling, right, has been used by the Coffs Harbour Wheelchair Sports Association to buy two hand cycles to open up cycling to more people with disabilities.
WHEEL HELP: A donation of $5000 by sports supporter Nan Cowling, right, has been used by the Coffs Harbour Wheelchair Sports Association to buy two hand cycles to open up cycling to more people with disabilities.

Wheel of good fortune rolls in for our cyclists

CYCLING has been opened up to more people with disabilities with the donation of two hand cycles to the Coffs Harbour Wheelchair Sports Association.

Association secretary, Henry Duchateau, said the gift was the result of a recent come and try day at the Toormina velodrome where more than 15 people with disabilities and their carers had turned up to try out two different hand cycle models brought to the event by Invacare.

"They were keen to ride on a weekly basis," Henry said, "but these cycles generally retail for about $5000 each, so we were thinking it would take us quite a while to raise the money."

However International Day celebrations at Sportz Central saw Cr Nan Cowling offer a $5000 donation, Invacare chip in with a substantial discount, A-Mart Sports and Mrs Duchateau donate helmets and Tom Lindsay giving a container to store the cycles and equipment.

The cycles arrived on Wednesday and have already been put to enthusiastic use at the velodrome.

Henry said they now had their sights set on a tandem cycle for people with vision impairment.



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