Having only started wheelchair racing two years before making his Paralympic debut, two-time Paralympian Rheed McCracken is on track to become a legend of his sport.

Although he was always determined to pursue a career in Para-athletics, it was a chance meeting with Channel 7 personality David ‘Kochi’ Koch that propelled Rheed into Paralympic stardom. Seated next to Kochi on a plane, the two struck up a conversation about Paralympic wheelchair racing great Kurt Fearnley, and Kochi, who has known Kurt for years, offered Rheed the opportunity of a lifetime when he challenged him to compete against Kurt in a wheelchair race in Sydney.

Not long after, Rheed made his international debut at the 2011 IWAS World Games in Sharjah, UAE. He won one gold and four silver medals, and caught the attention of Australian selectors for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In England, Rheed exceeded all expectations, returning home …

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Date of birth
20 January 1997
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Diplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Newcastle, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2011
First competed for Australia
2011
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the men’s 100m T34 in front of his family at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Watching Kurt Fearnley win the men’s marathon T54 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

David Koch

Favourite quote
"If you ain't first, you're last" - Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights

Disciplines

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

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