PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Sep 1, 2011

CNF (mushroom farm ) attacking Disability !

Picked up on a Cyclingnews Forum thread in the " clinic ( " which makes one wonder where some of these " fountains of wisdom " spend their days !

My comment in reply :

" Social inclusion seems to be overlooked by members of the “ mushroom farm “ whilst they take their best shot at a guy who has raised his head above the parapet !

Most of those commenting from that lofty height under the rock that they hide under fail to realise the courage needed to endure the road this guy has had to follow .

Another South African is a woman swimmer missing a foot who you would class as “ disfigured “ were you to open a thread on her efforts in competing in the Olympics some years back ! She also had the courage to show those with “ Disability “ that they were as good as “ Normal people “ and that they should aspire to be treated as “ Olympians “ and train in their sport with that target in mind .

Wounded Warriors Project and Help4Heroes are two groups of people that those reading the “ clinic “ would do well to support . Yesterday whilst riding I found “ inspiration “ in recalling an item I had read days before and it renewed my resolve to tackle seemingly trivial discomforts .

Should any of you find yourselves in Oscar’s position I hope you do not turn to jelly and give up on life but fight back and become an even better person than before the life changing incident !

Alex S. seems to be the only person in this thread that has contributed anything that “ Oscar “ or other “ Disabled Athletes “ would find of value .

With Paralympics in London within a year it is not too late for people to lend support and encouragement to those competing . Instead of pontificating in the clinic/forum try Googling your National PARALYMPIC T eam and discover an individual you can CHOOSE to help through the run up to their efforts on behalf of your nation .

Anyone that can point me to an Aussie Paralympian that has served in the Armed Forces and is aspiring to represent Oz in London please advise ! "

Seriously interested in supporting an Aussie who having served their country is now preparing to do so once again on the Sports Field !

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