Before the Crash
Graeme Docking is a South Australian that has always had a passion to ride quad-bikes and motorcycle side-cars. Graeme became a paraplegic in February 2008 at the age of 18, after losing control of his motorbike.
In this terrible accident, he was thrown over the handlebars, which shattered his vertebrae and crushed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the chest down.
But that did not slow him down, Graeme spent only 10 weeks in hospital and a rehabilitation center, before returning home. Graeme then had to re-learn every task even eating and getting in and out of bed. However, adjusting to this new life did not slow Graeme down for very long.
He had not lost his passion for riding motorcycles and in only nine weeks he was back on his quad-bike.
Graeme’s mate Troy Sara helped Graeme modify a dirt bike that has allowed him to continue riding motorcycles.
The modification included attaching a metal frame to the motorcycle frame, designed to support Graeme’s legs, the replacement of the gear shift with electric shift on the handlebars and relocating the foot brake to the handlebars.
The seat was replaced by a wider seat with straps to secure Graeme’s hips. To stop the motorbike, he locates a tree or something to lean on, but has the support of his friend, Troy, who rides beside him.
Graeme has proven that after an accident, you do not lose your motivation or feeling of excitement while riding a motorcycle.
“The chair stops nothing, only the attitude you take,” Graeme Docking
Motorcycle Rider to Athlete ? The Spartan Race
Graeme proved getting back on a motorcycle was not all he was capable of, when he became the first person in a wheelchair to take part in and complete, the Spartan Sprint Trifecta obstacle race in Sydney Australia.
Graeme completed the course with the help of his ‘Damaged Goods’ team, which included, 55 year old Gary Gillies, who has two fused ankles following a rock-climbing accident, and 20 year old cancer survivor Brad Dicicco.
To receive his Spartan Sprint Trifecta medal, Graeme had to conquer the Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in one calendar year. He had to compete in an obstacle race that includes barbed wire, stairs, nets, wall climbing, water and mud crawls, a sandbag carry, rope climbing, rock dragging and spear throwing.
This military-inspired challenge is designed to push participants physically, mentally and spiritually beyond their comfort zone.
Founded in the USA in 2010, the Spartan Races now operate in more
than 14 countries. Visit Spartan Race: Click Here
Spartan Race to 3 Tonne Truck – The Wheelchair Truck Tow
Graeme is able to strap a cable to his chest, attach the cable to a 3 tonne truck and tow it behind his wheelchair for 100 meters without stopping.
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