The view from the Paralympic Village in Rio.
The view from the Paralympic Village in Rio. COntributed

Life in Rio: A rare glimpse of the Paralympic village

MACCA'S and watery hot chocolate on offer in the Paralympic athletes' village might not have hit the spot for Tweed policeman, cum Paralympian Bill Chaffey, who offered a rare insight into life in Rio.

Sharing photos of the views from the Paralympic village in Rio, Chaffey said while the village was good, the McDonald's was pretty ordinary and could be replaced for something that could provide a little more boost.

"I thought I'd give their McCafe a run, it's pretty poor. I think the cappuccino I ordered came to me as a hot chocolate, and a very watery one at that. I still find it quite paradoxical there is a McDonald's in an athletes' village," Chaffey said on his Facebook post.

"'Ness and the girls (Chaffey's family) will arrive tomorrow night which will lift my spirits even more and boost my energy. Mmmm, speaking of boost, I could really go a Boost Juice right now.

"That's what this village needs."


Australian Paralympian Bill Chaffey in RIo
Chaffey gaining insights from one of sport's greatest. COntributed

The five-time ITU world champion and Bilambil resident took time out to read a book in between training indoors for his upcoming PT1 Paralympic race.

"With no kids to look after, meals to cook or work to do I'm getting a lot of relaxation time between my training sessions," Chaffey said.

"I've actually got time to read a book which is not like me and I'm chomping at the bit to do this race on Saturday.

"I'm ready to go right now. I have plenty of energy and motivation right now so I'm confident I'll do well."


Australian Paralympian Bill Chaffey in RIo
Chaffey training ahead of his race this weekend. COntributed

Chaffey's colleagues at Tweed Heads Police Station will be gunning for their friend when he races for gold on Saturday (12.20am Sunday AEST), in what will be his first Paralympic event after Paratriathlon was added to the sporting roster for the first time in Rio.