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 !

Dec 26, 2011


First off , Very best wishes for the Festive Season to ALL that visit my Blogs ! Those of you that have will have seen that I am an Advocate for “ Physically Challenged / Para / Adaptive /Behinderten / Disabili Sport "! Which country you live in may determine the description of those that have lost the use of limbs through accident or illness . Of course some are born without the full set of limbs the greater portion of humanity take so much for granted . Most of these people lead their life in a way that is to be admired and there are many who would envy their achievements . I know some of these folks that even Olympians hold in high esteem !

This is the time to decide “ New Year Resolutions ” and one of mine will be set out below :


No doubt there are many that feel the same way and you can ask your “ Facebook Friends ” to assist by posting this blog address and link on your “ Facebook Wall ” !

There are some who will not agree with the next thing I ask and that is for YOU the reader to decide :

If you do not decide to do more for “ Disability ” in 2012 Please use the “ Unfriending ” facility that is available . I will be happy if I lose 2000+ in this process since I will know that most of those remaining will be if they are TRUE friends making a better world for those that I am trying to assist .

Last week a typical Discrimination incident was brought to my attention . You may think that I am making too much of what some would consider a triviality .

A skier is with friends and the group decides to eat lunch inside and so they solve the problem by going into this particular self service restaurant . On arriving at the table the skier is spotted by the manager and told to “ GET OUT OF MY RESTAURANT ”! This apparently healthy person is so blinded with prejudice that he will in the fulness of time be looking for another career opportunity .

Weather determines the choices of eating venue for those in a “ Sitski ( Chariot )” . Usually they will eat outside but like you and me they also like hot food . The solution on this occasion was to ski up to the door and then the “ Sitski “ was lifted and carried to the table and chairs removed so that the skier was alongside the table . Of course the floor was Industrial Carpet that gets trampled by ski boots five months of the year so what harm if the skier had skied to the table ?

In this case the Skier has served his country in their armed forces and then again as a “ Paralympian ” but looking at him he is just “ Joe Blow ” . Here is the interesting part though . This guy is held in such high regard that in the evening it was decided that eating facility was “ Off Limits ” to ALL of the 250-300 in the party of which he was a member . Several days of “ Positive Discrimination ” perhaps not noticed by the restaurant staff BUT next year will that Tour Group return ? The thinking is “ One for all , and All for one” ! No doubt there will be other repercussions and I will let you know what is the result in coming months .

NOT all those Suffering discrimination because of their disability are fortunate to have the support of their friends or family and be able to act as positively as this case BUT we all have “ a duty of care ” and can contribute where we can !

Those of you not willing to post this to your WALL , GO AWAY and cancel the Friend Link !


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