Bond University Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Dr Justin Keogh will be competing in the Gold Coast Strong Man Competition on Sunday December 4, 2011 in benefit of the Jamie Jackway Appeal – a Queensland rescue paramedic who tragically lost the use of his legs after an on-the-job accident.
Dr Keogh, who was also the 2008 New Zealand Strong Man winner, has competed in 18 events over the past six years and hopes to raise $5000. This year's competition will involve some of Australia’s best open and “lightweight” (under 105 kg) class as well as one of the top female competitors.
Jamie Jackway needs a new house to be built as he currently lives in a townhouse. Due to his height and size 6'7", architects had to design a new layout for a new home to suit his large wheelchair.
“One of my training partners, Scott Jones, is a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service and was moved by Jamie's story that he decided to put on this fundraiser.
“Since the competition was on and having trained with Scott, I felt that it was the least I could to do to help out and compete.” said Dr Keogh.
The exercise and sport scientist, researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, hopes that others will also contribute to the appeal.
“It would be good if more of us could help out Jamie and his family as we all may suffer a serious injury or even die while working as a health practitioner and how this would affect our family and friends.” said Dr Keogh.
To sponsor Dr Keogh in his Strong Man bid, donations can made directly through the appeal website.
The competition will run from 9am-3pm and will be held at Marina Quays Market Village, Corner of Siddle Ave and Hope Island Road, Hope Island.