Yes they can – rid­ers do their bit for cause

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park -

VIC­TO­RIA Park MLA Ben Wy­att and Como res­i­dent Peter Ch­wal will be blaz­ing the trails of Dwellingup this week­end just be­cause they can.

In­di­vid­u­als will take on the 14, 40 or 100km track at the Act-Be­long-Com­mit Dwellingup 100, but the two will be join­ing the 40 moun­tain bik­ers who will be tak­ing part in the Ride For Some­one Who Can’t, Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA’s ma­jor fundrais­ing and aware­ness event.

Mr Wy­att has not done the ride be­fore but said he was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“I am a reg­u­lar road rider but don’t do much moun­tain bik­ing so am look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of off-road rid­ing for such a fan­tas­tic cause,” he said.

He will ride with Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and will be rid­ing for Joel Slinger.

The 33-year-old has Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy and uses an elec­tric wheel­chair.

Although he is un­able to ride, it does not stop him from go­ing out, trav­el­ling and play­ing elec­tric wheel­chair sport.

Mr Ch­wal, a liver trans- plant suc­cess story, will be rid­ing for Macken­zie, a bub­bly 8-year-old he met through Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA.

Macken­zie was di­ag­nosed as hav­ing spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy type 2 when she was 10 months old, which left her with weak mus­cles and a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, but her spirit is wild and has a per­son­al­ity big­ger than life.

Mr Ch­wal was the re­cip­i­ent of a liver trans­plant in Fe­bru­ary 2012 and said he was grate­ful to be able to phys­i­cally ride so the least he could do was ride for some­one who couldn’t.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Up for the chal­lenge: Peter Ch­wal (Como) and Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att.

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