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.

It was not long after that Rheed had his first taste of international competition, flying to Sharjah, UAE, for the 2011 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games, where he won a grand total five medals – one gold, four silver. More importantly, however, he …

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Date of birth
20 January 1997
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Diplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Newcastle, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
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


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

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