Paratriathlete Bill Chaffey is hoping to raise $10,000 to help him compete for gold at the Paralympics in Rio.
Paratriathlete Bill Chaffey is hoping to raise $10,000 to help him compete for gold at the Paralympics in Rio. SCOTT POWICK

Chaffey eyeing gold in Rio

CHAMPION paratriathlete Bill Chaffey has set his focus on competing for a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics – and nothing is going to stand in his way.

“This could be my one and only shot and nothing would stop me from going,” Chaffey said, in response to other athletes’ fears about the Zika virus and safety in Rio de Janeiro.

“I won’t let a mosquito virus stop me from competing and even if I was injured, I would sneak myself onto the plane and get myself through somehow.”

Chaffey said athletes were given regular updates on the Zika virus – primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito – and there would be security measures in place.

As a result, he wasn’t overly concerned and was instead focussing on the job at hand.

That focus and drive has the father of two up and training before the sun rises, with more intense training sessions planned for coming weeks.

The pursuit of sporting glory is not a cheap exercise and outside of lifestyle and security, athletes like Chaffey face significant financial strain.

The nature of Chaffey’s training schedule has forced a major change to his working routine, leaving a hole in his family income.

In a boost, the Australian Sports Foundation has extended its funding guidelines to allow individual athletes to mount their own fundraising campaigns.

Chaffey is hoping to raise $10,000 to help him compete in Rio.

“It’s great that selected athletes can now access crowdfunding, which people can fund with a tax deduction,” Chaffey said.

“In order to train for something like this, I’ve had to reduce my working hours significantly, which is hard on the family.

“Raising $10,000 would really help in subsidising the amount of hours I’ve stopped from work, and that would be fantastic.”

Chaffey cemented his place at Rio’s PT1 category paratriathlon after placing first in the World Paratriathlon event at Penrith in April.