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 !

May 29, 2012


Yes , that is an interesting subject , since these are the young men and women who in August , will grab the attention of the world at the 2012 London Olympic Games ! Very few people recognise that each of these individuals are so close to being the “ Best that you can Be “ that they are unaware of the depth of talent in Oz that does not get to be selected .

Euphoria for some , with heartbreak for so many others , each of whom will have spent years training themselves to overreach those “ Lofty Heights “ that the Australian Institute of Sport laid out as the “ Minimum Criteria “ for Qualification for selection . Other Nations must drool at the talent pool that the AIS supervise and put through their training programs . Recently I had the opportunity to visit the AIS site in Varese and whilst I saw very little of the interior , it was apparent that this facility is Money Well Spent !

Whilst staying near Varese with an Italian Couple , met through my Cycling activities , I took time out to visit the lake in an effort to see the Aussie Rowers who regularly train there and on arriving at the Varese Rowing Club met some of the Dutch Rowing Squad . Having mentioned my interests in Paralympic Sport and the Dutch Cancer Fund Raiser at L’Alp du Huez ( got that right now George ? ) each June I then followed their directions along the waterfront to “ where the Australians “ stay . Those Guys camp out in Motorhomes when in Varese . Can you imagine my surprise to see such an imposing Structure which is now the AIS Centre in Europe ?

Being a wet and miserable day for Varese I did not think to take photos my camera .  I met within several of the Paralympian Cycling Athletes who were doing their daily routine training even though they had been in competition during the days before .

With this kind of dedication and these facilities it is going to be an interesting few months as Australian Paralympians and Olympians take on the world in London 2012 Events !

Following twitter sites for both persuasions I am getting constant updates on “ personalities “ and their activities . At 16 @Brittany_broben ( link :    ) is our youngest diver! Is part of one of the @AUSOlympicTeam tweets today .

As an Advocate for Para Sports i have been following the IPC Tweets , thus All Nations , on @Paralympic  , hope you will also !

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