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Fi’s Hero - Harley Quinlan

Everyone needs a hero. The thing is it doesn’t have to be someone famous. In 2010  a promising 19 year old motocross rider had a devastating fall while practicing. He is now confined to a wheelchair as a T4 paraplegic. Did that stop him? Not a chance. As soon as he was able, Harley Quinlan returned to the gym and began rebuilding his body. He had every reason to be angry but instead focused on being the best he could. Harley is now on track to compete in the Paralympics. He has been included in the training squad and has recently competed in Europe in hand cycle events.

Harley doesn’t know it but he is my hero. When I don’t feel like getting out of bed or going to the gym I think of his determination, drive and his inability to give up. He is a champion in my eyes already and I will be cheering for him when he gets to the Paralympics!

Here are a couple of videos on his recovery that are worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXFPk3KzE3I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXARtGHGwJA&feature=channel&list=UL

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Bec’s Run For Better Days

Hi all!  This is one of my first of hopefully many blogs to come so hope you enjoy it. Anyway, a short intro is probably useful…

My name is Bec and I am really excited to be newly supported by AquaForce in my sporting endeavours. I am passionate about cycling, kite surfing, running, tennis and pretty much every sport under the sun, you check out my previous post for full info!

Today I am flying up to Townsville after visiting my family in Melbourne with significantly heavier bags due to the generous supply of AquaForce product for my training for the next few months. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks as I will be really ramping up the intensity of my training, plus I have started a few new fun activities- including rock climbing and a social soccer team at uni. I have also a new fairly major challenge that is on the horizon- ‘The Run to Better Days’. This will involve running 10km for 13 days straight with a team of 15 other athletes from the happiest place in Australia- Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise money and advocate for Caritas. At the moment, 10km is achievable, but only with the ramifications of extremely sore muscles and fatigue for the proceeding few days. So I have incorporated 3 running sessions into my training plan, in which I will slowly be building up the intensity and distance up until the run commences in mid-year holidays in July.

In order to fit these new running sessions in, along with 3 longer rides weekly on top of my 8km commute to uni each day, I am being forced to become an early bird (which I am finding slightly difficult!). Unfortunately by body clock is conditioned for sleep no earlier than 11pm at the moment, which when having to waking up at 4.30am in the morning for training rides, does not leave room for much sleep. I am fortunate that I have a full bag of AquaForce to keep me energised however. And as far as my body-clock is concerned, hopefully it will be kicked into place soon and I will be sweet!

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Introducing Bec…

Hi my name is Bec and I have a passion for pretty much every sport under the sun. Sport has always had such a profound impact on my life and I can’t imagine life without it! From doing a half marathon on the beach solely possible due to encouragement from friends, to riding from Townsville to Sydney for charity, and jumping out of a plane 16,000ft, sport has taught me that anything is possible if you try hard enough.  ”"

I am most passionate about cycling. Almost everyday I ride my bike; commuting to work, riding to friends house or to the shops. My dream is to have bikes take over the car… with all kids riding to school (or using another form of active transport), business men riding to work, and mothers doing their errands on bikes. For this to happen, it is essential to have government support in providing the needed infrastructure and services to make cycling safer, more convenient, and comfortable.

This is when my energy and passion for sport can be put to good use in advocating for an attitude change by the community to embrace the bike! So here is the plan- to win cycling races! I can rant and rave on as much as I want about how much I love bikes, but in reality, the average person doesn’t listen to a person who is average in what they are trying to promote (including the government). Take a person picking what movie to watch at the cinemas, they are less likely to go see a movie with a never heard before cast, compared to a cast with Tom Cruise and the like. But you see, the problem is that there are few cycling champions that promote cycling for commuting. Instead, the stereotypical cyclist is seen as one that wishes to show off newly toned legs wearing lycra, can keep an average of above 30km/hr, or have a wish to participate in the next Tour de France. This leaves an incredible amount of people that could gain so much from riding a bike but thinking they are incapable. The attitude must change! That’s why I want to get to the top, and be in a position where I can advocate to the best of my ability how much happier people would be if bike riding was the norm for transport.

A few things are needed to achieve my goal, with keeping myself energised and healthy being vital. This is when I was so excited to hear that AquaForce would be in to support me. Since I am living up in Townsville at the moment for studies, I find the greatest challenge is drinking enough water to replenish the amount that I sweat. But obviously, sweat isn’t just water, it is a nice and salty concoction of many ions and minerals that must also be replenished with performance being compromised if not. I heavily support AquaForce, as it is the only sports drink I have found thus far that isn’t pumped with sugar, and other harmful additives.  I can’t wait to implement my plan with AquaForce on my side!