Ea­gle to take the stairs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

WHETHER he is play­ing the first pre-sea­son game or climb­ing 6000 stairs at Su­bi­aco Oval, Josh Kennedy says he will be knack­ered by the end of Fe­bru­ary 20.

The West Coast Ea­gles star said Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety of WA’s (MSWA) se­cond-an­nual Sta­dium Stair Race would give foot­ball fans and fit­ness fa­nat­ics the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the oval like never be­fore.

“All the sup­port­ers who sit here in the stands and watch games now have a chance to run all over the sta­dium stands and in the VIP ar­eas,” Kennedy said.

“They even get to go through the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers’ chang­e­rooms, which is pretty cool. Ev­ery­one ends up on the turf at the end, which not many peo­ple get to say they have done.”

Dur­ing his four years as MSWA am­bas­sador, Kennedy said he had learnt a lot about what peo­ple with MS had to deal with ev­ery day.

“One of the things I have re­alised is that you take a lot of things for granted,” he said.

“The willpower and strength that th­ese peo­ple liv­ing with MS have is un­be­liev­able.

“We have a fundrais­ing tar­get of $50,000 this year and I’m hop­ing we can get that. The ma­jor­ity of the money goes to­wards re­search and find­ing a cure, which is the goal one day.”

MSWA spokesman Ge­orge Pam­pa­cos said there was a great fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment when he took part in the in­au­gu­ral Sta­dium Stair Race last year.

“It is a re­ally fun event with- out any mas­sive com­pe­ti­tion or pres­sure,” he said. “I’m do­ing the full climb, and I will be con­vinc­ing my whole fam­ily to take part as well.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d448564

Josh Kennedy and Ge­orge Pam­pa­cos with Any­time Fit­ness run­ners Rob­bie Faller and Michael Kent .

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