THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 16th October 2013
9 to 10pm Radio Sport

Archilles International NZ

Achilles is a worldwide organisation whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers.

In 1976, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, found himself approaching middle age and out of shape. After joining a local YMCA, Dick began running – small distances at first and then, eventually several miles. Within a year, Dick became the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. The experience was life changing, bringing a powerful sense of achievement and self-esteem. In 1983, seeking to provide that same opportunity to other people with disabilities, Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

Today, this non-profit organization has chapters and members in over 65 locations including New Zealand.

Achilles International New Zealand  give people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mainstream events like Round the Bays, giving the opportunity to participate with able-bodied athletes.

The New York Marathon is the pinnacle of events attended by Achilles International New Zealand and we have taken athletes to this prestigious event every year since 1993, all have finished and have taken between 2 hours and 23 hours to complete the 42km distance, some pushed wheelchairs, some did it on crutches, some couldn’t see and ran with guides, but all had the same goal and that was to finish and get the medal that says you are that special person “A Marathon Runner” so recognise me as a full human being.

This years participants include Mike Lloyd, a blind athlete competing with Mike McRoberts, TV newsreader as his guide, Andrew Moreton will be guiding blind athlete Hannah Pascoe and newsreader Niva Retimanu will be accompanying a stroke victim on her marathon attempt.

Peter Loft is the chairman of Archilles NZ. For further information visit the website


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