Kevin and Sid's remarkable Ironwill

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My name is Kevin Fergusson and I have qualified for the Hawaii Ironman. I have competed in triathlons for over 25 years and I am trying to help a close friend, Sid James, achieve a lifelong goal of completing an Ironman. 23 years ago Sid fell from his bike becoming a C3 quadriplegic.  Before this, Sid was a top triathlete and triathlon has remained his passion throughout the years.  He is currently the race director for the Victor Harbour triathlons and has been for over 20 years.

Sid's bucket list and lifelong goal is to be able to particpate in the Hawaii Ironman and the Victor Harbour traithlon which he is the race director.

This is where I come in.  To help Sid participate in the Hawaii Ironman, I will swim 3.8km while towing Sid in a inflatable boat, ride 180km with Sid's chair (to be custom made) attached to the bike, and run 42.2km while pushing Sid in a custom made 3-wheel wheelchair.

I have created this fundraising page to raise funds for the equipment required for us to complete these triathlons/ Ironman safely and for the cost of 4 caregivers/support crew for Sid.

Sid has done a lot for the sport of triathlon in South Australia, which has seen him win many awards for his Victor Harbor triathlons,  including being inducted into the Triathlon SA Hall of Fame

To complete his triathlons and the Hawaii Ironman is a dream that now will become a reality thanks to your support.

Let’s do this for Sid.
Thanks
Kevin
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It is with very sad and shattered hearts that we are advising all our amazing sponsors and supporters of Kevin and Sid’s Ironwill, that Ironman notified us on Friday that after considerable consultation with medical professionals, they have now refused Sid’s entry for medical reasons. Sid had undergone rigorous medical tests to get approval to fly and race and we had sourced live remote monitoring equipment for his vitals while racing. Unfortunately Ironman has stated: “there is an unacceptably high risk to Sid’s personal wellbeing that would arise from competing”. I have attached Ironman’s Media release. We both would like to thank everyone for the amazing support and donations during this venture.

This has been a remarkable journey leading up to Kona. Sid has lost over 16kg, raced his own triathlon for the first time, completed his first marathon, completed the famous Brighton classic swim, completed the Sufferfest half Ironman at Murray Bridge and finished the City to Bay under 50 minutes.
I have personally seen a much happier and renewed passion in Sid and have enjoyed the challenges that we have faced together. We both have been very humbled by the community support and by the by the whole triathlon family. Sid had his entry for his first Ironman on the table before his accident and unfortunately his dream of competing in an Ironman was taken from him. Sid’s passion to complete an Ironman is still very strong and I am devastated we got so close and it got taken away from him again.
The whole team is still travelling to Kona and Ironman have agreed to give Sid a VIP behind the scenes experience. I will race for Sid and when I cross the finish line Sid will be there to congratulate me. I will take the finishers medal off my neck and put it around Sid’s neck and say you will become an Ironman and pledge that I will fulfil his dream to be called an Ironman. We have all the equipment and expertise to seek permission to complete an Ironman together somewhere, maybe Busselton next year or Challenge Family might accept us.
The following is a broad breakdown of how the Go fund me donations and fundraising has been spent;
“Miss Daisy” Sid’s racing chair, Kayak and upgrades to bike and chair, $11,180
ADA car hire, airport transfers, hospital bed and patient lifts for Sid $4,265
Part payment towards Flights and Accommodation for the Doctor and 4 Carers $10,000
Sid and other fundraising have paid the remaining costs for flights and accommodation for the Doctor and 4 carers.
We understand if you require a refund for your generous support, please send a return email on the go fund me page and I will transfer the money back.
Sid and I have faced many challenges to finally get entry to compete at Kona and we will continue our endeavour elsewhere so Sid can finally hear the words “Sid James you are an Ironman”.
Thank you so much for your support
Kevin and Sid
Ironman media release
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We are overwhelmed and filled with emotion that we have finally been given approval to race the Hawaiia Ironman. Thank you for all your support and generous donations.
Amazing feeling giving the race bib to Sid.
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Training in the Kayak is going well and looking forward to our first ocean swim at the channel 7 Brighton classic this Sunday 5th Feb. The custom built chair is expected to be completed in 2 weeks and Sid is looking forward to some speed on the bike. Thank you for your generous donations which have allowed us to purchase the kayak and pay the deposit on the chair.
First 1.5k Victor tri swim simulation
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Fantastic start to our efforts to get Sid to Hawaii with over $1,200 donated. The link below is a great story from the local Victor Times and tells Sid's story. http://bit.ly/2hXQbnJ
We both thank everyone for your generous donations.
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Wayne Good
14 months ago

Devastating news! Kevin and Sid, you must be so disappointed after proving yourselves magnificently in preparation for the Ironman. Keep going until you reach your goal, I'm sure everyone will continue to support your efforts.

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Stephen Arrizza
14 months ago

So sad to hear the latest news. I hope you both realize that just watching the journey has been motivating and inspirational at the very least. I for one will be ready with another donation as soon as you set your next goal. Best wishes for Kona, I hope we get to see you place the medal around SIDS neck.

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John Griffen
14 months ago

Devastated for ol mate Sid and you There would not be a person who knows how hard you have worked to want anything in refunds ! They will be pushing you harder ! Amazing story ,finish the journey ! Sid at the finish will be the winner !!

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14 months ago
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Carol Hayford
15 months ago

Thanks to Mix 102.3 and 'Write your own cheque' the $20k mark has been passed! Good luck Kev and Sid xx

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15 months ago
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Sid we wish you all the best and congratulate you and Kevin on making this happen. 120

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15 months ago
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David Baker
15 months ago

Go lads!!!

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15 months ago
Wayne Good
14 months ago

Devastating news! Kevin and Sid, you must be so disappointed after proving yourselves magnificently in preparation for the Ironman. Keep going until you reach your goal, I'm sure everyone will continue to support your efforts.

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Stephen Arrizza
14 months ago

So sad to hear the latest news. I hope you both realize that just watching the journey has been motivating and inspirational at the very least. I for one will be ready with another donation as soon as you set your next goal. Best wishes for Kona, I hope we get to see you place the medal around SIDS neck.

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John Griffen
14 months ago

Devastated for ol mate Sid and you There would not be a person who knows how hard you have worked to want anything in refunds ! They will be pushing you harder ! Amazing story ,finish the journey ! Sid at the finish will be the winner !!

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