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Former Australian Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS Telstra Fun Run Relay.
Camera IconFormer Australian Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS Telstra Fun Run Relay. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The South West community is being encouraged to get active for a good cause on Saturday, for the second annual SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay.

Raising money for the South West Academy of Sport, the community event will have a variety of categories, meaning anyone can participate.

People are encouraged to form a team of four with friends, family, peers or colleagues and compete in the 10km relay.

Three-time Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay.
Camera IconThree-time Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

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Running enthusiasts can also choose to complete the 10km solo run and there are also 5km running and walking categories.

Some of the region’s best athletes are also set to participate, including three-time Paralympian Brad Scott and triathlete Matt Duncan.

Mr Scott said it was important to support the region’s young athletes.

“Coming from the South West, it is great to have all the resources that we need,” he said.

Three-time Australian Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay.
Camera IconThree-time Australian Paralympian Brad Scott prepares for this years SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

“It gives athletes the opportunity to be the best they can be, the only issue is the fund,” he said.

“Runs like this allow the athletes to get those resources.

“It gives athletes the opportunity to be the best they can be.”

Mr Scott said as a runner, he knew anyone could participate in this weekend’s event.

“The beautiful thing about running is you don’t need a license or pre-requisites, you just run,” he said.

“And it is not about what time you run, it is about doing the best that you can do.”

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said about 130 people had registered so far, but she was hoping for 200 people to participate this year.

“This is a community event, so whether you want to walk, take the kids in the pram, we are encouraging everyone to come along,” she said.

To register for the event head to www.swaswa.com.au.

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