GRUELLING CHALLENGE: Nathan Pentecost will compete the 100km Men of League pushathon to raise money to buy five rugby league wheelchairs to develop the sport in the local area.Penrith athlete Nathan Pentecost will push his wheelchair a gruelling 100kms around theSydney International Regatta Centre this week in a bid to raise $20,000.
The captain of thePanthers Wheelchair Rugby League team wants to purchase five specially modified wheelchairs that can be used by participants to help develop the sport in the local area.
“This is the fourth year I have done the pushathon and every year I raise money for different charities,” Pentecost said.
“I am part of the Penrith Men of League committee and they wanted to support wheelchair rugby league, so they said why don’t we raise money for wheelchairs for competition out here?”
The modified wheelchairs cost around $5,000 each, and Pentecost will complete 20 laps of the centre over July 29 and 30 to raise the required funds.
“I am trying to do 40 minute laps,” he said. “I do 60km on the first day and 40km on the second.
“I try and break it down in my head to 10km lots –if you think about it as 60km, your mind goes a bit funny, so I think about it 10km at a time.
“I know what’s to be expected and it’s not exactly a flat flat track, it’s two hills and one side is up and down. It’s hard.”
And the challenge will be completed despite theweather conditions, which can include strong headwinds and driving rain,he said.
“The only reason they hold me off the track in the pushathon is lighting, because that’s dangerous,” he said.
Sponsor Skinnys Grill held a State of Origin fundraising night recently for the cause, and Pentecost has already raised enough for one wheelchair. But more is needed andIan Cubitt’s Granny Flats and Studios andProgressive Sports And Spinal Physiotherapy have both also extended helping hands.
Penrith Men of League President, Alex McKenzie, said Pentecost’s efforts will be amazing to watch.
“We are proud to watch Nathan take on this enormous challenge – he is a passionate athlete who is desperate to encourage others to make the most of their abilities and take part in sport,” he said in a statement.
A post-event function will also be held at the centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on July 29, featuring food, speakers and an auction for $20 per head. To book, contact Nathan aton 0419463930 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.
Donations for the cause can also be made at the following link: https://give.everydayhero南京夜网/au/pentecost-s-men-of-league-pushathon.All donations are tax deductible.
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