We have already raised most of the money we need to get to Bulgaria, but we are calling on our friends, family and supportersto raise another $2,000 to get there.
We will both be breaking new ground by competing in this year's Deaflympics. Reece will be competing in his third Deaflympics, while Lauren will become the first female cyclist to compete in the event for Australia.
Message from Reece-Emerson van Beek
This is my third Deaflympics and I need your help to get there.
This is an opportunity to create equality through sports and a chance for me to get back on the top of the ladder. I plan to use my experiences to help more deaf cyclists to join in with me in the future.
Every time there is a barrier against me I keep fighting that wall to show that I am a real champion.
I never ever give up no matter how tough the circumstances are, both on and off the road!
Message from Lauren Hay
I have been selected in the Australia Deaf Team to compete in Womens Cycling for the Deaflympics which is being held this July in Sofia, Bulgaria.
I’m the first Australia woman to compete in womens cycling at the Deaflympics and I would like to ask if you could help by sponsoring me as it would be great support for me to reach my goal and gear for my bike.
Our expenses to get to the Deaflympics are over $9,000 each, of which we have raised most ourselves and through government support.
This is what it costs to get to the Deaflympics:
- $4,000 payment to Deaf Sport Australia for accomondation, fees etc.
- $2,500 for Flights to Sofia, Bulgaria
- $1,575 for accomondation at AIS Europe base ($75 per night)
- If possible, I'd also like to give $1,000 to Lauren Hay for becoming the first Australian female to come to Deaflympic Games
- Other expenses include buying equipment, disc wheels, helmets and uniforms
We are nearly there, we just need your help to raise the last $2,000 to compete at our full potential.
We would appreciate your help ASAP because It's not long to go until the Deaflympics and it has become harder for us.
For your donation, we are offering the following rewards:
- A postcard from Europe
- Souvenir socks and bumper stickers
- Deaf Cycling Australia Membership
- Sponsorship opportunities
Where is Sofia, Bulgaria?
When I travel to Bulgaria for the Deaflympics I hope to add to my list of cycling achievements, which includes:
- 2003 Golden Mile Wheelrace winner at Bendigo, Victoria
- 2004 Victorian Time Trial Championship 35km (10th)
- 2005 Deaflympics Melbourne 2 x Gold (35km TT and 50km Points)
- 2006 National Champinship TT (15th)
- 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championship San Francisico (Top 10 TT and points score)
- 2008 Tour de Formosa for Deaf (Taiwan)
- 2009 Deaflympic Taipei (1 x Silver and 1 x Bronze 35km TT and 50km points)
- 2010 Tour de Formosa for Deaf (Taiwan)
- 2012 Asia Pacifc Deaf Games (1 x Gold and 2 x Silver- 35km TT, 100km Road Race and 50km Points Score)
- 2012 Tour de Formosa for Deaf (top 15 overall)