Paraplegic crosses line first in City2Surf

One of the biggest events of the year in Sydney is the City2Surf. This year again over 80,000 runners, walkers, wheelies and merry makers made, or at least started, the 14 km plod.

SmartSalary has assembled a company City2Surf team for the past several years. We are always up for a good cause, so this year, we instead ran as part of the “ParaQuad NSW team.” ParaQuad NSW is a not-for-profit member-based association striving to empower people with spinal cord injury to achieve their potential . . . and they happen to be one of our salary packaging clients!

The ParaQuad City2Surf team nearly doubled their $10,000 fundraising target for this event. The proceeds will go toward funding rehabilitation equipment at their new accommodation facility, Ferguson Lodge. Part of Smartsalary’s $2,750 sponsorship will go towards this fantastic project.

The ParaQuad City2Surf team featured a mix of walkers, runners, joggers and inspirational wheelies . . . all sporting the ParaQuad NSW shirts with the SmartSalary logo on them!

Ron Gibson, a paraplegic from Wentworthville in Sydney, was the first person to cross the finish line in the Sydney City2Surf today. Racing in a hand cycle, Ron started just behind the seeded runners and beat all 80,000 participants to the finish line. His finish time was just outside the course record set by Australian athletics legend Steve Moneghetti in 1991.

Ron raced past the front runners after the notorious ‘Heartbreak Hill’.

I’m over the moon at being able to compete at the City2Surf,” said Ron Gibson. “To be the first person to cross the finish line is an amazing feeling. I’ve competed in marathons and fun run’s throughout Asia, America and across Australia. It’s nice to be a part of something this big in my own backyard.”

Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer

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