Having only started wheelchair racing two years before making his Paralympic debut, Rheed McCracken is well-placed to become a legend in the sport.

Born with cerebral palsy, which causes extreme tightness in his leg muscles, forcing them to internally rotate, Rheed displayed determination and passion for sport from a young age. Prior to discovering wheelchair racing, he participated in the ambulant 100m, 200m, discus, shot put and long jump at his home club, West Bundaberg Little Athletics.

Rheed was 13-years-old when the strain of ambulant sport caught up to him, and following multiple surgeries, he made the decision to begin using a wheelchair. Still determined to pursue a career in athletics, Rheed attended a junior development camp, but it was a chance meeting with Channel 7 media personality, David Koch, that would propel him into Paralympic stardom.

Seated next to ‘Kochi’ on a plane, the two struck up a conversation …

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Date of birth
20 January 1997
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

How acquired
Bundaberg, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m in front of his family at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Kurt Fearnley winning the marathon at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley and David Koch


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T34
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T34

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