The lighting of the flame, as taken by the McCrackens, at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
The lighting of the flame, as taken by the McCrackens, at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Rheed's gold chase

BUNDABERG'S Olympic flame keeps burning, with teenager Rheed McCracken about to get his Paralympics campaign under way in the qualifying rounds of the 200m men's T-34 tonight.

Rheed's parents, Brad and Samantha McCracken, were at the opening ceremony and described the experience as something they will never forget, and that the results their son achieved now was a bonus.

"The opening ceremony was unreal - it was unbelievable to see him out in the middle of the arena," Brad said. "It doesn't matter what happens now because Rheed has made it as a Paralympian."

The 2012 London Paralympics are the first time Rheed, 15, or his parents have been to an overseas competition and Brad said he was looking forward to seeing what the future held for his son.

"Rheed is only in his second year of racing. He has two world records and is ranked number one in his events," he said.

"If he can compete at this level being so young, when his body matures he will be unstoppable."

The proud dad said he also wanted to pass a message to the Bundaberg community.

"I want to thank everyone from Bundy for their support of Rheed," he said.

"Everything they have done means so much to us."


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