This week’s Superhero Sunday comes courtesy of Australia’s world and Paralympic medallist Rheed McCracken, who is in Nottwil, Switzerland, this weekend for the seventh IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the 2015 series (29-31 May).
The talented teenager won three silver medals (100m, 200m, and 400m T34) and one bronze (800m T34) at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, having clinched 100m T34 silver and 200m T34 bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at just 15-years-old.
Competing in a class packed with top-class talent, the Australian will be hoping he can turn silver into gold when it comes to the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar in five months’ time.
Here are the three heroes that have inspired him:
1. Superman (comic book superhero)
I had a best friend who was killed in a car accident who 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.
2. Eminem (American rapper/record producer)
Whenever I don’t feel like training that’s always good music to get me out there and train hard.
3. Kurt Fearnley (Australian multiple Paralympic and world gold medallist)
I fan-boy over him too much but he got me to where I am!