Some father and daughters bond with chats over coffee; Paul and Jess Hewish run marathons.
The father-and-daughter team are set to take on the Bridge to Brisbane 10km challenge for the sixth time, only this year they’re doing it for a good cause.
The pair have joined the Spinal Life Australia team to help the disability support organisation raise funds for people with spinal cord damage or related physical disability.
Jess, who has cerebral palsy, will be finishing the course on August 26 in her trusty racing wheelchair.
Her racing chair is based on the chair used by Team Hoyt member Rick Hoyt, a famous American triathlete who also competes in marathons with his father, Dick Hoyt.
“Team Hoyt are an inspiration to many, including Jess and myself,” Mr Hewish said.
“Rick’s chair is lightweight and built for speed and that’s exactly the kind of chair that Jess wanted.”
Jess received assistance in sourcing funding for her chair from Spinal Life Australia and decided to join their team for this year’s event.
“We usually just do the Bridge to Brisbane ourselves, this is the first year we’ve been doing it as part of a team for fundraising,” Mr Hewish said.
“Joining the Spinal Life team was Jessica’s idea.”
Paul said he started getting into running 10 years ago and, after a few years of entering marathons and races solo, Jess decided to join in.
“She loves it, she definitely makes sure I keep active,” he said.
To find out more about the Spinal Life Australia Bridge to Brisbane team, visit www.spinal.com.au/bridgetobrisbane.