RIDE OF A LIFETIME AT THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY TARGA One half of Targa Tasmania's first all Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) team, Alan Stevenson, today showed 30 disabled locals that anyone can get amongst the Targa Tasmania action. In what was a ...
RIDE OF A LIFETIME AT THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY TARGA
One half of Targa Tasmania's first all Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) team, Alan Stevenson, today showed 30 disabled locals that anyone can get amongst the Targa Tasmania action.
In what was a warm-hearted kick-off for the 15th anniversary event, eight Targa Tasmania competitors gave their passengers the thrill of a lifetime with rides around the grounds at Launceston's Country Club.
Held for people suffering from debilitating physical and mental disabilities, the event was hosted by wheelchair bound Stevenson, who from Tuesday April 25 will take on the 2100km Targa Tasmania challenge as a participant in the event's non-competitive Unique Cars Tour.
The smiles on the kids' faces as they finished their 4km drive played testimony to Stevenson's main life philosophy that despite misfortune or ailment, people can achieve anything through sheer will and determination.
The SCI team's entry in Targa Tasmania proves that even for two people who are generally limited in day-to-day activity, this event truly is for anyone.
Wheelchair bound since 2001 following an accident in his 400 EX quad racer, Stevenson decided to enter Targa Tasmania after assisting with the construction of the Launceston College Elfin Clubman which entered in Targa 2005 and again in 2006.
General Manager Tasmania for Octagon, Rob McGuire, says it is proactive participants in Targa Tasmania who help spread the philosophy of over coming personal challenges and achieving goals.
"Alan has displayed incredible determination just by entering this event," McGuire said.
"This activity has represented many things and all which encapsulate the spirit of Targa Tasmania: that all goals are attainable and personal challenges only but make you more determined to succeed."