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Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy WA

EDH trail daySaturday 19 August saw 45 dedicated fundraisers take on the challenge of the Dwellingup 100 or the Mighty Jarrah Run in the Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy WA.  Besides the physical demands of mountain biking and trail running, these superstars went the extra mile and raised well over $70,000 to help us to empower full lives in the Muscular Dystrophy Community.

The Trail Day (formerly the Ride For Someone Who Can’t) was renamed to reflect Muscular Dystrophy WA’s revitalised beliefs and accommodate the addition of the brand new Mighty Jarrah Run at Dwellingup.  This also allowed a new network of people to participate and fundraise.

The day itself was chilly but team spirits were high and it was inspiring to see the comradery shared by riders and runners, new and old.

The Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award was taken out by deserving recipient, John Halford. The award is presented to an inspirational participant who has overcome adversity and risen above challenges, while showing courage and integrity. John has certainly done that after missing the 2015 event due to open heart surgery. John came back in 2016 with an added determination and completed the 60km course and went on to complete the 100km track this year (for the first time).

On behalf of Muscular Dystrophy WA and those impacted by muscular dystrophy, our sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every member of our team for what they have done in generating awareness of muscular dystrophy – and raising much-needed funds to support the Western Australian Muscular Dystrophy Community.

We are also extremely grateful for our continued partnership with TriEvents and the Perth Mountain Bike Club, both great advocates of Muscular Dystrophy WA.

 

The Kyle Conor Spirit of the Ride Award

If you’ve crossed the finish line at the Dwellingup 100, it’s very likely you were cheered across the line by two exceptional young men with muscular dystrophy – Conor Murphy and Kyle Scolari.

Conor and Kyle were much loved friends and members of Muscular Dystrophy WA. They were two young men, who inspired everyone they met.  Their passing in 2014 greatly affected the community and was felt widely.

A perpetual award was created to honour these outstanding young men. The Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award will be presented to an inspirational participant who has overcome adversity and risen above challenges, while showing courage and integrity.

 

2017 Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award Recipient – John Halford.

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John has certainly done that after missing the 2015 event due to open heart surgery. John came back in 2016 with an added determination and completed the 60km course and went on to complete the 100km track this year (for the first time).
Perhaps most remarkable of all, John was a participant of Muscular Dystrophy WA’s team in 2014. He was motivated to take part and raise funds after reading of Conor and Kyle’s passing in the newspaper. Having had no previous connection with muscular dystrophy, it seems John is an even more fitting winner of the Award.

2016 Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award Recipient – Carly Collins.

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Just 6 years ago, after having her second child – Carly Collins was diagnosed with a mild muscular dystrophy.
This incredible young Mum battles muscle fatigue and pain every single day, but still has the strength of character to challenge herself and will her body over the finish line.
Carly entered the D14 two weeks prior to the 2016 event because she wanted to support others with muscular dystrophy who are not able to ride and because one day she might not be able to.
To put Carly’s effort into context, she was the first member of the Muscular Dystrophy Community with muscular dystrophy to ever complete the Dwellingup course.
She has been a huge inspiration to the fundraising team and is a very deserving recipient of the Kyle Conor Spirit of the ride award.

2015 Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award Recipient – Brett McCamish.

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2015 Kyle Conor Spirit of the Ride Award was presented to Brett McCamish, who was one of the first to sign up for the inaugural 2010 RIDE FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN’T. Brett has ridden each year since, bar 2014 when he was injured, but still fundraised and made his way to Dwellingup to cheer the team on.He overcame a shoulder reconstruction to participate once again in 2015.Brett rides for MDWA Member, Sue Chia and the friendship they have developed is a true testament to what this amazing campaign can achieve.

2014 Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award Recipient – Murray Hall.

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The inaugural recipient of the Kyle-Conor Spirit of the Ride Award was given to deserving participant, Murray Hall. Sadly Murray lost his son and only a parent who has experienced this could truly understand the pain this must cause. Murray rose above this tragedy and almost single handedly built “Track Cycling” into what it is today in WA.
After 12 years of running Track Cycling WA, and some of the biggest international Grand Prix’s in Australia, Murray stepped back to do some thing for himself when he entered the 2014 Dwellingup 100 in the specialised 40km track. Murray took on the challenge having never ridden a mountain bike race previously.