GIO Oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race
GIO Oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race
It’s the 30th anniversary of the hottest race on two wheels. The champions of the chairs rip up the Rocks in the fastest street circuit race you’ll ever see.
The Gio Oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race is supported by The Rocks.
Key vantage points
Watch the race along Hickson Road or George Street near Circular Quay.
The Governor of NSW, David Hurley, will start the race. The start and finish line will be outside the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Get to The Rocks early to enjoy a free breakfast from 8am, courtesy of GIO.
The BBQ will be on George Street.
Cheer for your favourite athlete
Dress up and cheer on your favourite athlete. There’ll be athletes from Australia (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, ACT), Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Mauritius and Ghana.
Athletes to watch include:
- Men: Kurt Fearnley AO (AUS — Paralympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion), Tomoki Suzuki (JPN — 2018 winner), Jake Lappin (AUS), Sukman Hong (KOR) and Alhassane Balde (GER).
- Women: Madison de Rozario (AUS — 2018 winner), Eliza Ault-Connell (AUS), Jemima Moore (AUS), Illana Dupont (CAN) and Tsubasa Kina (JPN).
- Juniors (first time racing the Oz Day 10K): Cormac Ryan (12 years) and Sarah Clifton-Bligh (15 years).
Summer Down Under
The full GIO Summer Down Under Wheelchair Road Racing series runs from 18 to 27 January 2019. Other events in the series include:
- Canberra International Track Meet — Three evenings of racing at the Australian Institute of Sport Track from 20 to 22 January 2019. There will be a junior and developing athlete mentor clinic on the final day.
- Sydney Twilight Track Meet — Twilight racing at Blacktown International Sportspark Athletics Centre, incorporating a junior and developing athlete mentor clinic, on 24 January 2019.
- Celebrating 30 years of the Oz Day 10K Lunch — A lunch for athletes, sponsors and supporters of the event at Taronga Zoo on 27 January 2019.
Visit the Wheelchair Sports NSW website for more information about Summer Down Under.
Watch the race on TV
The GIO Oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race will be broadcast on SKY NEWS LIVE.
About Wheelchair Sports NSW
Wheelchair Sports NSW is a charitable organisation responsible for the development, promotion and delivery of wheelchair sports in NSW. Since 1961, the organisation has made sport available to those in the community affected by spinal injury, spina bifida and similar disabilities. The strong success of the Paralympians at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics has succeeded in increasing the profile of wheelchair sports in NSW and made many of the athletes household names across Australia.
Leave the car at home. Extra public transport services are running to help you travel to and from Australia Day celebrations. Plan your trip at transportnsw.info.
To support the celebrations, road closures will be in place.
Be sun safe, eat well, drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing for summer weather conditions.
There is no BYO alcohol and no glass allowed at the Rocks, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Hickson Road Reserve, Circular Quay East, Darling Harbour, and Bradfield Park in North Sydney.
Remember, Australia Day is for everyone. Be respectful of people at all times.