Shelley Chaplin & Leanne Del Toso

From London 2012 Paralympics to Fiji 2013

Shelley Chaplin & Leanne Del Toso

Cycling


Two Paralympic silver medallists are swapping the basketball court for 550km of Fijian road.

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Our Story:

Two friends and teammates coming off a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympics games in Wheelchair Basketball have turned their sights to the next challenge. In June 2013 they want to be part of the first tour group ever to ride the perimeter of Fiji.   

This is no ordinary ride for Leanne Del Toso, who developed a degenerative neurological condition when she was just 19. Leanne suffered muscle deterioration in both her legs and hands and rides a bike with the help of specially made orthotics that support her legs. 

Leanne's Teammate Shelley Chaplin will be seeing the roads around Fiji from a different standpoint. Born with a disability that has left Shelley an incomplete paraplegic, Shelley will be completing the ride from a Handcycle.   

Leanne and Shelley will ride 550km in just 10 days.  

Shelley Chaplin's hand cycle

Along the way they will be stopping at local villages, meeting and greeting and mentoring people with disabilities.

The aims of the trip are:

  • To use sport and recreation as a means to build capacity in-country to reduce the stigma associated with disability
  • To benefit the local population who have disability in-country (eg. donation of sports wheelchairs)
  • To provide disability awareness and education to locals through WheelTalk presentations at schools along the route
  • To create positive role models in accessible and inclusive sport and recreation
  • To facilitate greater participation in the competition/elite-level-sport from Asia-Pacific countries
  • To identify the unique sport and recreation participation needs for people with disability abroad and develop strategies with partner organisations to enable participation

Source: Cycle Power - Disability, Sport and Recreation Initiative http://cyclepower.org.au/



This is a cause that is very close to both their hearts: "Being introduced to wheelchair sports and in particular wheelchair basketball changed my life, it has created opportunities for me to excel in sport, to represent my country and to chase adventures around the world," Chaplin says. "It is so important for people with disabilities to realise they can do anything and do not have to be limited by disability."  

Del Toso echoes her sentiments and adds: "Sports for people with disabilities are not only important to the individual but also to the greater community who may also place imitations on people with disabilities. We are always looking to challenge ourselves as athletes, but also to challenge the way society think about people with disabilities."  

Your generous donations will also help provide sport and recreation opportunities for underprivileged Victorians with a Disability.


Tour Itinerary
Day 1: 07/06 Daytime Flight into Nadi
Day 2: 08/06 Cycle Nadi to Sigatoka (60km)
Day 3: 09/06 Cycle Sigatoka to Pacific Harbour (80km)
Day 4: 10/06 Cycle Pacific Harbour to Lami, Suva (43km)
Day 5: 11/06 Rest day Suva
Day 6: 12/06 Cycle Suva to Lawaki (73km)
Day 7: 13/06 Cycle Lawaki to Rakiraki (96km)
Day 8: 14/06 Cycle Rakiraki to Ba (70km)
Day 9: 15/06 Cycle Ba to Nadi (65km). Morning excursion to Navala
Day 10: 16/06 Morning at leisure. Depart in afternoon & arrive 12:15

CyclePower Fiji

 

Incentives

We've created some fun rewards to thank you for your donations. Please note that any rewards that require us to travel must be held in the Melbourne metro area. If you have any questions about any of the incentives, use the comments tab to get in touch with us.

 

Diamond Valley Leader article about Leanne (28/3/13): 

 

 

Good karma

Every donation helps, no matter how big or small!

991 available

Postcard from Fiji

One of us will thank you by writing a postcard from Fiji during the bike ride.

484 available

Launch Fiji Event Ticket

All those who have donated $25 or more are invited to an All Access party event on Saturday 11 May.

No longer available.

100 available

Signed Hackey Sack

We'll send you a souvenir hackey sack signed by us both.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

11 available

National Team Apparel

We have a bag full of basketball apparel to share with you. Our old team gear makes a unique souvenir or cool gym gear! (Unisex & various items available)

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

16 available

School visit

We will visit your school to share our stories from representing Australia and our trip to Fiji for CyclePower 2013.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

10 available

2012 London Paralympic Apparel

A souvenir from our 2012 Paralympic playing kit (Various items & limited sizing).

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

13 available

Australian Signed official playing singlet

We will send you an official Australian Basketball playing singlet, and we'll personally sign it for you.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

10 available

Homecoming Dinner

An invitation for you and a friend attend our official welcome home dinner after the trip to Fiji.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

7 available

Corporate appearance

We are both experienced motivational speakers and would love the chance to share our stories at your event to thank you for your support.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

4 available

Basketball clinic

We'll share our wheelchair basketball skills by hosting a kids clinic for your school or club.

Plus, a Launch Event ticket

5 available

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