Leanne Del Toso
June 04, 2014
4th June 2014
I am very pleased to inform the House of the outstanding efforts of Paralympian,
Leanne Del Toso, who lives in Watsonia in my electorate of Jagajaga.
Leanne is a wheelchair basketball champion, who is now setting her sights on riding
her modified two-wheel bike over the steep hills of Thailand to raise money for
Leanne, who won a silver medal at the London Paralympics, will ride 600 kilometres
across Thailand’s unforgiving roads to raise money to purchase wheelchairs for young
people with disability. The ride is not only a testament to Leanne’s courage and
determination; it is also an example of the ability of people with disability and the
social connectedness associated with sport and recreation.
Last year Leanne also completed the CyclePower Fiji, an annual ride organised by
Victorian not-for-profit organisation Disability Sport and Recreation to raise
awareness about the sporting abilities of people with disability.
Another local Paralympian and friend of mine, Sam Bramham, also completed the
100 kilometre ride around Fiji last year. Leanne and fellow CyclePower Thailand
riders will visit Phuket Special School to encourage sporting activities among the
300 students with special needs, using sports equipment donated by Disability
Sport and Recreation. I wish Leanne and everyone else the best of luck ahead of
Cycle Power Thailand.