When it comes to toughness in sport, from both a mental and physical standpoint, Damien Rider ticks all of the boxes. On January 24th 2015 he completed a solo 800km board paddle from Coolangatta (Gold Coast) to Bondi (Sydney) to raise awareness for his organisation ‘Paddle Against Child Abuse’ (Rider Foundation). A feat which left several paddleboard World Champions, who train for the 52km Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, in complete awe. Damien paddled this gruelling distance every day.
From the age of six he had to deal with horrific situations which left him living a life full of pain and suffering, well beyond his childhood years. As a survivor of this abuse, Damien has dedicated his life to help raise awareness to this issue and inspire and educate the children he supports through his organisation.
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