Parkinson’s no barrier for East Fremantle kayaker


Sue is embraced by her husband Doug at the end of the Collie Adventure Race.
Sue is embraced by her husband Doug at the end of the Collie Adventure Race.

AN EAST Fremantle resident has not let Parkinson ’s disease stop her from competing in a gruelling 10km paddle.

Sue Ferguson hit the water for the 10km kayak leg of the Collie Adventure Race, her AVENAGO teammates taking on the mountain bike, swim, road bike and running legs.

With the disease affecting movement including shaking and difficulty walking, Ms Ferguson said she hoped her effort would inspire others living with Parkinson’s to continue trying things.

“I am still on a high from it all, and during my really tough days, I can look back on this and know my strength,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter whether you come first or last, it is always about the journey.”

Collie Adventure Race organiser Darren Coram said Ms Ferguson’s effort was an inspiration.

“Many people were unfamiliar with Sue’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s and her determination to compete in the race,” he said.

“It’s not all about winning at the Collie Adventure Race, sometimes it is just about having a go, challenging yourself and doing the best you can.”