Fraser chasing Paralympic dream in Tokyo
Help Fraser, Para-cyclist for New Zealand, chase his dream of wearing the silver fern at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.Nationwide
To get to Tokyo in 2020, Fraser has to qualify at World Cup events in Europe later this year.
But he has not been eligible for funding to get there so will have to do it all himself. That's why he needs your help!
Five years ago, the idea of competing in para-cycling had never occurred to Fraser.
However the former cyclist, whose life changed after a major accident in 1993 when he was just 16 years old, is not one to turn down a challenge. Just 18 months after someone first planted the idea of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in his head, he qualified as part of the five-strong New Zealand team for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.
He did finally get to Rio 2016 at short notice after the selectors somehow left him out of the original team despite winning two national titles at the Club Road National Championships held in Alexandra in March, 2016.
But he rode with great courage in Rio with almost no preparation time, finishing in 8th place in the Men's Time Trial C3 and just outside the Top 10 in the Men's Road Race C3.
“To represent my country at the Paralympics would be a huge honour,” he said at the time. “Anything is possible.”
"Anything is possible" are three words that you hear a lot when you talk to Fraser Sharp for any length of time. It is also the catch phrase that serves as an extension of his name on social media.
If you want something badly, you’ll do whatever is necessary to get it. You are the director of your own life.
That philosophy helped when, after awaking from 30 days in a coma in 1993 to hear that he would never ride again. Fraser, at the time one of New Zealand’s most promising Junior riders, took direction of his own life. A high-speed collision with a car when out cycling had left him with broken bones, skull fractures, and irreparable damage to the frontal lobe of his brain.
Fraser set about relearning vital skills such as walking and talking, got back on his bike (“I like to prove people wrong,” he says) and competed at national level for several years before deciding to take a break and travel overseas.
After an interlude in the south of France, he started racing in triathlons, competing twice in the longest distance, the Ironman (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run). In December 2014, while he was preparing for the Ironman in Nice, Fraser was approached with the idea of aiming for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“I had always competed with able-bodied athletes but I thought ‘why not’? The damage to my brain affects the right side of my body but I had continued racing with the elite. Brain damage is something you have to live with and it never goes away. It affects the nervous system. My body is like a Formula 1 engine but it needs fine tuning.”
July 2014 World Cup Segovia Time Trial 10th
April 2015 UCI Para cycling Adelaide C1, Time Trial 1st
April 2015 UCI Para cycling Adelaide C1, Road Race 2nd
April 2015 NZ National Championship Napier Time Trial 1st
May 2015 UCI Para cycling Cambridge C1, Time Trial 4th
May 2015 UCI Para cycling Cambridge C1, Road Race 2nd
June 2015 World Cup Maniago, Italy Time Trial 5th
June 2015 World Cup Maniago, Italy Road Race 10th
June 2015 World Cup Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland Road Race 10th
July 2015 World Cup Elzach, Germany Time Trial 6th
August 2015 World Championships Notwil, Switzerland Time Trial 10th
August 2015 World Championships Notwil, Switzerland Road Race 11th
April 2016 NZ Nationsal Championship Alexandra Time Trial 1st
April 2016 NZ Nationsal Championship Alexandra Road Race 1st
14 September 2016 Paralympics Rio, Brasil Time Trial 8th
17 September 2016 Paralympics Rio, Brasil Road Race 11th
2 April 2017 Waikato BOP Championships Cambridge Time Trial 1st
9 April 2017 Waikato BOP Championships Cambridge Road Race 1st
23 April 2017 World Masters Auckland Time Trial 1st
30 April 2017 World Masters Auckland Road Race 1st
5 May 2017 NZ Age Group Nationals Cambridge Time Trial 1st
12 May 2017 NZ Age Group Nationals Cambridge Road Race 1st
12 May 2017 World Cup Maniago, Italy Time Trial 3rd
14 May 2017 World Cup Maniago, Italy Road Race 9th
21 May 2017 World Cup Ostend, Belgium Time Trial 2nd
23 May 2017 World Cup Ostend, Belgium Road Race 8th
2 July 2017 World Cup Emmen, Netherlands Time Trial 6th
4 July 2017 World Cup Emmen, Netherlands Road Race 12th
1 September 2017 World Championships Pietermaritzburg, Sth Africa Time Trial 7th
3 September 2017 World Championships Pietermaritzburg, Sth Africa Road Race 8th
1 February 2019 Masters NZ Championships Wanganui Time Trial 4th Mechanical
9 February 2019 Masters NZ Championships Wanganui Road Race 4th
Fraser Sharp's story in detail:
Use of funds
The funds raised will be used to fund Fraser's trip to Europe in the summer to compete in 2 x Para World Cups in Italy and Belgium including substantial costs for airfares, car rental, petrol / tolls, food, accommodation, insurance, entry fees and more.
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A couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine (Peter White) set up a Givealittle page for me to help fund my European Campaign, with the aim of getting a good result to qualify me for the World Champs in the Netherlands to be held in September and gaining qualification points to be picked in the Paralympic team for next year.
He put a figure in of $7000 of which we are getting very close to. This would involve the cheapest accommodation, flights in a bare bones kind of way that I am used to (funding the majority of my trips, representing New Zealand). If I want to really, be able to put myself on the start line in the best way possible both physically and mentally, with some massages and proper nutrition, as well as that I am funding a Supporter to help me in Europe, as I get no New Zealand team support. I am going to need 3k more. I am going to do this no matter what. Fingers crossed with the generosity a few more I can put myself in the position of being able to deliver a world-class performance.
Thank you to those that have already contributed and I would be so ever grateful of a little bit more to get to Tokyo.
I am all for living with no regrets but I am not sure that even this old body would be able to do 4 more years to be in world class condition for Paris 2024.
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This page was created on 20 Feb 2019 and closes on 20 Feb 2020.