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Gary Connor

As a typical outgoing teenager, Gary loved motocross, waterskiing, snow skiing and wind surfing – the kinds of sports that make your heart beat a little faster and take you to the edge!

Painful and intense mental and physical rehabilitation was the only way forward. Gary’s attitude towards living life to the fullest played a major part in helping him accept his disability in order to move forward.

At 37 years of age, 15 years after the accident, he purchased his first hand cycle so he could enjoy bike riding with his kids on the weekend. One of life’s basic activities that we all take for granted.

“The look on their faces was incredible because I was riding with them, doing what other
dads do with their kids”

Typically, his will power and determination quickly saw this become a sport for him and he has since
competed in hand cycling events throughout Australia. Gary earned the title of Victorian Champion in
2006, and later secured a silver medal in both the Queensland and Australian Championships.
Gary’s latest challenge will see him leading the CyclePower Vietnam Tour. As Cycle Power Vietnam
Amabassador, Gary will lead up to 20 people with and without disabilities as they raise funds for Disability Sport and Recreation and disability programs in Vietnam in a 14 day, 540km cycling challenge from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Typically, his will power and determination quickly saw this become a sport for him and he has since
competed in hand cycling events throughout Australia. Gary earned the title of Victorian Champion in
2006, and later secured a silver medal in both the Queensland and Australian Championships.
Gary’s latest challenge will see him leading the CyclePower Vietnam Tour. As Cycle Power Vietnam
Amabassador, Gary will lead up to 20 people with and without disabilities as they raise funds for Disability Sport and Recreation and disability programs in Vietnam in a 14 day, 540km cycling challenge from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

For the past 5 years Gary has travelled throughout Victorian primary and secondary schools, inspiring,
motivating and educating children of all ages on disability, spinal cord injuries and life as a disabled
husband, father and athlete.

Today Gary has embarked on another challenge. In addition to his WheelTalk presenting to schools, he will represent Disability Sport and Recreation’s new Impact Program, where he will speak to corporations throughout Victoria about workplace safety, challenges of life in a wheelchair with some wonderful
anecdotes along the way.

Favourite Quote:

“My passion for life gives me the strength to help me overcome adversity and
show others that life can still go on irrespective of their circumstances”

 

Medal Records

Championship Year Medel Race Type
Australian Paracanoe Championship, Perth 2013 Gold 200 Meter sprints
Australian Paracanoe Championship, Perth 2013 Silver 500 Meter sprints
Australian Paracanoe Championship, Perth 2013 Silver 1000 Meter sprints

 

 

Gary Connor
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born 11 August 1955
Sport: Handcyling
Discipline: Road Events
Disability: Paraplegia
How acquired: Workplace Accident
Residence: Donvale, Victoria
Occupation: Disability Sport
and Recreation
Ambassador

Australian Paracanoe Championship, Perth 2013

Gold Medalist in
200 m sprint
Silver Medalist in
500m sprint
Silver Medalist in
1000m sprint

 

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