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MCCRACKEN Rheed
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthBundaberg, AUS
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first practised the sport at age 13 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. He began competing in Para athletics in 2005, and took up wheelchair racing in 2010.
Why this sport?
He initially competed in ambulant events, but after multiple operations decided to start using a wheelchair at age 13. He later had a chance meeting with Australian television personality David Koch, as they were sitting next to each other on an aeroplane. They began talking about Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley, McCracken's hero. Koch offered him the opportunity to compete in a race featuring Fearnley in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [personal], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Games
Location
Sharjah, UAE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the men's T34 100m at both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Andrew Dawes. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you ain't first, you're last." (paralympic.org.au, 30 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 Junior Male Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (news-mail.com.au, 27 Nov 2016)

He was named Male Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2015 Bundaberg Regional Sports Awards in Australia. (bundaberg.qld.gov.au, 2015)

He was named 2012 Junior Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. He shared the award with para-swimmer Maddison Elliott. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (7NEWS Brisbane Facebook page, 16 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, affecting both of his legs. At age three he underwent tibial rotation surgery, allowing his muscles to move with less restriction. After further surgery at age 13 he began using a wheelchair. (Facebook page, 26 Jan 2017)
Other information
TATTOOS
He gets tattoos to commemorate his athletic achievements. "I actually look at my arm and try to find new spaces where I can put a tattoo. There's a Big Ben tattoo which was from my first Paralympic Games in 2012 in London. I also have a tattoo of Humpty Dumpty for the foundation and my racing numbers from the London and Rio Games. There is also a Christ the Redeemer tattoo and also tattoos involving my family. My Superman is solely dedicated to Tyson, a very close friend who sadly passed away and was a tremendous sprinter, however he wasn't a wheelchair athlete - just a great person who never got to reach his true potential." (crfashionbook.com, 04 Mar 2018; news-mail.com.au, 14 Jul 2017; Facebook page, 15 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 200m T34 29.08
2 2012 100m T34 16.30
2 2016 100m T34 15.34
3 2016 800m T34 1:41.25
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 200m T34 30.49
2 2013 100m T34 16.29
3 2013 800m T34 1:53.15
2 2013 400m T34 53.71
5 2015 400m T34 56.75
5 2015 800m T34 1:47.92
4 2015 100m T34 16.27
6 2015 200m T34 29.35
2 2017 100m T34 15.40
4 2017 800m T34 1:46.98
3 2017 200m T34 27.81
2 2019 100m T34 15.51
5 2019 800m T34 1:46.67