Following on from the success of
Project '98, the 'Challenge of Endeavour', where Jon Amos and his support
team set a wheelchair world altitude record of 16,040ft on Africa's highest
mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro.
Jon Amos is now undertaking his next venture, which is called 'Man of Steel'
Trans-Australia challenge. This is to be an hand cycling endurance 'trek' of
2,020 miles through the heart of Australia during which comparative studies will
take place to see what physiological and psychological differences, if any,
there are between the Spinal cord injured athlete and the able-bodied.
AIMS AND VALUES
To support the aims and objectives of the Wheelchair Sports Worldwide
To heighten awareness of the 'abilities' of people with a disability.
To promote globally the opportunities and benefits created through sporting
To emulate the pioneering endeavour of the Scottish born Australian explorer
John McDougal Stuart in 1861.
For a paraplegic athlete to cover the same route from Darwin to Adelaide in a
wheelchair adapted for the task.
To meet the challenge and overcome the physical and psychological barriers to be
faced during such feats of endurance.
To gain public recognition for the achievements and abilities of wheelchair
To influence other wheelchair users and the attitudes of the public at large.
The Team at the Press Launch
To complete the 2,020 mile venture through some of the fiercest terrain and
climates on earth.
To raise funds for the Wheelchair Sports Worldwide Foundation to support the
implementation of its objectives. In particular the design of programmes for
rehabilitation centres where newly traumatised patients can be introduced to the
benefits of sport and the design and application of training and coaching
programmes through outreach centres worldwide where wheelchair users can pursue
their sporting goals.
To compile and publish research data on the comparative effects, both
physiological and psychological, the impact of extended endurance training in
heat might have on both the spinal cord injured and able-bodied person.
To make a documentary film and develop multi-media coverage, through Internet
and telecommunication systems, to further promote the profile of athletes with a
To contribute, through initiatives designed in partnership with local agencies
assisting in sport development, health care and awareness programmes to the
common goals of a žsport for allÓ philosophy.
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The Heart of Australia.
The route will cover 2,020 miles across the heart of Australia through some of
the fiercest terrain and climates on earth.
The expedition will cover three different climatic zones, which will be tropical
in the North, Deserts through the Central region and Temperate in the South.
Within these zones, the extremes of weather found range from flash floods and
monsoons to dust storms, with temperatures in excess of 120 degrees.
The route will be covered in reverse to the original, not only to stay ahead of
any severe weather that 'Mother Nature' might stir up but also to finish in a
more populated area to maximise publicity.
The estimated time scale will be somewhere between ten to twelve weeks dependent
on any promotional work undertaken en-route. Emphasis will be on completion
rather than timescale because history has it well documented as to the amount of
abortive attempts made on this same crossing.
Roles & Responsibilities
Jon Amos - Team Leader
Derek Groves - Project manager
Royal Marines Support Team
Corporal Simon Davies
Corporal Stuart Gentry
Cpl. Ian Lawton
Martin Cooper RM
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