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Carey parks the bike and dons his dancing shoes for cancer fundraiser NSW BMX rider Adam Carey was 13 when he received the devastating news that his father, his biggest supporter, had been diagnosed with…

Carey parks the bike and dons his dancing shoes for cancer fundraiser

NSW BMX rider Adam Carey was 13 when he received the devastating news that his father, his biggest supporter, had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

He found the news and ensuing year tough to process. At the time he was racing in the 14-years category, and the weekends spent travelling to races with his father, were replaced by weekends travelling to events with other families. Such is the generosity within the BMX community.

That was 2003.

Fast forward to 2017 and Adam is preparing to swap his cleats for dancing shoes as an entrant in the 2017 Stars of Bathurst Dance For Cancer fundraiser, which is aimed at raising awareness and much needed funds for Cancer Council NSW.

Modelled in popular ‘Dancing With The Stars’ TV show, the event is running for a third year and Carey said that despite his inexperience, he has plenty of support from family, including his father.

“I’m a strength and conditioning coach and one of my clients nominated me for this as a joke. When I got the call to say I had been successful, I thought it was a great opportunity to give back,” Carey enthused.

“My father is a cancer survivor, and I am grateful to still have him around and as a big part of my life. When he was diagnosed in 2003 he was always very positive, even though he was in a bad way for about 12 months.

“But he thinks this [the dancing] is hilarious.

“Fortunately my wife is a dance teacher and owns a dance studio in our hometown of Bathurst. So her dance studio is a sponsor, and some of her dancers will be backing me up. I’ll be doing a Peter Allen inspired dance, shaking my maracas.”

Carey with his parents. Source: Supplied

While dance preparation for the June 17 event might be the focus, just last month Carey was on his bike competing at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships in the elite men’s class. He raced after his own spell of adversity saw him sidelined and unable to walk just 12 months earlier.

“I’m a type one diabetic and so my risk of injury and a few other complications are a bit higher,” he said.

“In 2016 I snapped my Achilles and that sidelined me, and I wasn’t even walking when the nationals were on. So to turn that around was really pleasing, even if I was a little disappointed to come 26th.”

In the immediate future the Stars of Bathurst Dance For Cancer fundraiser is the goal, but beyond that there might be a tilt at rounds five and six of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina this September.

“As a coach I am keen to get myself ready for the last two rounds of the world cup in Argentina. I’m 28 and I wouldn’t say I am a top rider, but every now and then those magic moments present themselves. I’m still eager to chase those.

“However for now I am trying to raise awareness as much as possible. Dad is still here and it is positive to see him have turned that difficult corner.

“My goal is $2,500 and I already have just over $1,500. BMX NSW are supporting me by passing a bucket around at their next state series event, which is awesome.”

To read more about Adam’s story and to donate, please visit his fundraising page HERE: https://starsofbathurst2017.everydayhero.com/au/adam-carey

Donations can be as little as the price of a cup of coffee, or more.

No doubt as Adam channels his inner Peter Allen on stage on Saturday June 17, he will be proud to do it in front of his biggest supporter, who may just be having a chuckle at the fun of it all.