DAMIEN Williams will fly blind, relying on his wingman to navigate the undulating 43km course when he competes in the annual Bravehearts Time Trial on a specially designed tandem bike.
The father-of-two is one of the first competitors to sign up for the annual event and will race against ORICA-GreenEDGE representatives and a chain of Gold Coast corporates in November.
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Damien lost sight in his left eye during an accident with a pair of pliers at the age of 13. Unbelievably, he lost the sight in his right eye after a golf ball struck him on the 18th hole at Sanctuary Cove. He was 27.
Now 43, his quest is to make a difference in the lives of others, each year completing a charity adventure. Last year he completed the gruelling Bravehearts 777 – seven marathons in seven states in seven days while raising $12,500 for Bravehearts.
“I do not let the fact I am blind stop me from being an athlete and doing the things I want to do and when I can combine it with my passion for child protection, it makes me even more determined to do the unthinkable,” said Damien,
“Being blind is nothing compared to the pain these children feel and knowing I am helping Aussie kids will help me pedal past the finish line.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE is once again supporting this unique cycle for kids and has entered three riders in the time trial which will take place on November 30 in the picturesque Samford Valley, west of Brisbane.
Local businesses including Von Bibra Auto Village and Onyx Property Group have also entered high ‘pedal’ powered teams that will compete against the blind cyclist and collectively aim to raise $10,000 for Australian children affected by sexual assault.
Von Bibra Auto Village will once again swap horsepower for pedal power when they compete against ORICA-GreenEDGE.
“We are great supporters of the work Bravehearts does in the community and because we had such a great time in the inaugural event in 2013, we have decided to sign up again and aim to beat last years time,” said Wade von Bibra.
Onyx Property Group Directors, Adam Lacey and Chris Bolger have registered a team for the Bravehearts Time Trial for a second year running. Keen cycling enthusiasts, the local developers say it is a great opportunity to combine their passion for cycling and company team building whilst also contributing to the community.
“The Bravehearts Time Trial is a fantastic challenge. It’s rewarding to be involved in an event which is raising money for the most vulnerable members of our community, whilst also providing participants with the chance to ride with world renowned cyclists, such as Robbie McEwen,” said Co Director of Onyx Property Group Adam Lacey.
The Bravehearts Time Trial will feature many elements of a professional cycling including ramp start, motorcycle cameras and timing gates and caters for teams and individual riders.
This is a race for the growing number of serious cyclists who are taking up the sport and want to test themselves against some of the best riders in Australia.
There are some great prizes on offer, including a new Scott bike for the highest fundraisers as well as the fastest times.