Yarrawonga’s own Alan Kempster is headed to Italy this week to compete in the world’s first all disabled motorcycle race, the Di Di Dunlop Cup.RACHEAL WILLETT August 12, 2014 3:19pm
The fantastic adventure is just the latest in Alan’s life lived without limits despite having endured more difficulty than most people would ever experience.
In 1990 Alan was riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in the traumatic amputation of his arm and leg.
Despite his injuries Alan was determined to regain the ability to do things he loved – including waterskiing and motorcycle riding.
He became a champion waterskier, competing at both national and international level for more than ten years and amassing a raft of titles including seven Moomba titles as well as skiing in five and winning three world championships.
As if the thrill of waterskiing was not enough, Alan reignited his passion for motorbike riding five years ago and bought a Kawasaki 400 race bike.
He modified the controls himself to enable him to ride again and, in time, decided to return to racing.
“Last December I raced in New Zealand at the Burt Munro Challenge where I raced in four races over four days on four different tracks,” Alan told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I raced Bluff Hill Climb, Oreti Beach Race, Teratonga Road Race and Wyndham Street Race and was awarded the Burt Munro Family Trophy.”
Usually there is not a ‘disabled class’ for motorcycle racing so Alan is more than happy to mix it with his able-bodied counterparts.
However on August 18, Alan heads to Italy to race in the world’s first all disabled motorcycle race, the Di Di Dunlop Cup.
“The week after Italy I will be racing at Phillip Island in preparation to race in the Australian support races for the Phillip Island Moto GP in October,” Alan said.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Alan plans to head to Japan in April next year to race and after that finish filming his documentary called ‘Left Side Story’ - the first part of the documentary can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKuesBVmYs
“I’d just like to say to anyone with a disability, if you have a dream and a passion, you have to follow it to make it happen, no-one else can make it happen,” said Alan.
You can find out more about Alan and his incredible journey on his Facebook pages Alan Kempster, Boneapart Racing #1/2 and Left Side Story.
Police have caught two people allegedly responsible for a spate of burglaries across the region between Broadford and Numurkah.
Renowned local author and poet Audrey Duncan has uniquely captured a selection of her most memorable poems and a mix of new ones in an extraordinary new book, Reflections.
Murchison Primary School parents were recently informed by the Department of Education and Training that its modular five portable (two classrooms) will be removed from the school on December 7.
THE fifth annual One and All Inclusion day has been hailed a success.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Kyvalley celebrate final hot shots
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
The arrival of a tall crane in William St last Tuesday heralded the end of an era for Cobram’s Country Fire Authority building.
Mathoura car crash sparks grass fire.
Victoria’s strict dangerous dogs laws are considered a laughing stock by other countries, a canine behaviour expert says.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.