On Monday 5 March Alan (Sandy) Sandford, a 75-year-old cyclist, will set out on a 2500km bike ride around Victoria to raise money for 19-year-old Morgan Webb Liddle from Kyneton. Morgan has a very rare metabolic disorder which causes complex medical problems and results in severe disability. She uses a wheelchair and a communication device to speak but she can ride a horse. Morgan is a Grade 1A para-equestrian, which is the highest level of disability.
Morgan is an up-and-coming para-equestrian rider and is looking to compete in future Paralympics and World Equestrian Games and Sandy is planning to raise money to help with her training costs and the purchase of a new, internationally competitive horse. Morgan is a para-equestrian Australian National Champion, but has been told that she cannot be selected on her current horse because, at 18 years old, he is too old to take overseas and not international Paralympic standard.
Morgan’s family has all ridden with Macedon Ranges Cycling Club and that’s where Sandy met Morgan. While she was never going to be able to win a cycling race on her 3-wheeler adapted bike, Sandy became aware of Morgan’s equestrian achievements and the enormous costs involved for her family and he wanted to help Morgan to achieve her equestrian dreams.
Sandy is a great-grandfather and a World Masters Medal winner. He narrowly missed out on being selected to ride in the 1956 Olympics, but he has continued to ride competitively all his life and is now helping to support a young disabled athlete in her dream of riding in the Paralympics. He left Kyneton on Monday 5 March and plans to finish at Kyneton Friday 26 March, after riding 2318kms around Victoria in just three weeks. His itinerary will be on Facebook and people are welcome to join Sandy while he is riding in their region.
You can read more about Morgan at her website: www.teammorgan.com.au.
Would you like to join Sandy on part of his journey? You can contact him on 0408 323 369.