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MCCRACKEN Rheed
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthBundaberg, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in para-athletics in 2005, and took up wheelchair racing in 2010.
Why this sport?
He initially competed in ambulant events, but after multiple operations decided to start using a wheelchair at age 13. He later had a chance meeting with Australian television personality David Koch, as they were sitting next to each other on an aeroplane. They began talking about Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley, McCracken's hero. Koch offered him the opportunity to compete in a race featuring Fearnley in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [personal], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Games
Location
Sharjah, UAE
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, watching television, listening to music. (paralympic.org.au, 15 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Apr 2013)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley. (abc.net.au, 11 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He races with the Superman logo around his neck or strapped to his racing chair as a tribute to his best friend, who died in a car crash. His friend was nicknamed Superman. "Every race that I have ever done I've raced with the Superman logo - whether it be around my neck or strapped to my chair. I've done that for years now. (paralympic.org, 31 May 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard and never give up no matter how tough it may be." (topendwheelchair.com, 20 Jan 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 Junior Male Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (news-mail.com.au, 27 Nov 2016)

He was named Male Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2015 Bundaberg Regional Sports Awards in Australia. (bundaberg.qld.gov.au, 2015)

He was named 2012 Junior Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. He shared the award with para-swimmer Maddison Elliott. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Apr 2013)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, affecting both of his legs. At age three he underwent tibial rotation surgery, allowing his muscles to move with less restriction. After further surgery at age 13 he began using a wheelchair. (Facebook page, 26 Jan 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 200m T34 29.08
2 2012 100m T34 16.30
2 2016 100m T34 15.34
3 2016 800m T34 1:41.25
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 200m T34 30.49
2 2013 100m T34 16.29
3 2013 800m T34 1:53.15
2 2013 400m T34 53.71
5 2015 400m T34 56.75
5 2015 800m T34 1:47.92
4 2015 100m T34 16.27
6 2015 200m T34 29.35
2 2017 100m T34 15.40
4 2017 800m T34 1:46.98
3 2017 200m T34 27.81