THE Shoalhaven will have another athlete in Beijing, but this time taking part in the Paralympics.
And this competitor is a bit different.
Well-known former local runner Julien Wicks, who now lives in Canberra, will be taking part in the Paralympics as a guide runner for marathoner Roy Daniell.
Roy, who will compete in the T12 section for someone with less than five per cent vision will be taking part in his third Paralympics.
Wicks said being part of the Paralympics is going to be huge.
“It’s definitely going to be the biggest sporting event I’ve ever been involved in,” he said.
“I run next to him and fulfill the role as commentator, coach, motivator and guide – I almost describe what I can see in front of me and what’s coming up - I let him know what obstacles we have coming up, turns etc – watch the kilometre markers and hand him drinks at drinks stations.”