Disabled runner an inspiration

A champion athlete who admits to being incapable of cutting a tomato was a recent guest at Ross Park Primary School.

Paralympian Michael Roeger enthralled 50 students at the Alice Springs school, describing an exacting exercise schedule and an Olympic history achieved despite the absence of much of his right arm.

The disability, which has existed since birth, has not hindered a 100-kilometre a day run and gym routines – an exercise regimen that astonished the children.

The 1500-metre T46 world record holding runner related his disappointment at only achieving a Bronze Medal at the event at the Rio Games.

On Saturday 22 April, Michael Roeger participated in the Barrett Drive Mile with 24 of the school’s students.

Michael Roeger with Ross Park fans

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