Six-time Paralympian Michael Milton joins sportsmen's lunch

The 15th Crookwell sportsmen's lunch was a successful event that saw a fantastic turnout of 230 people.

The event raised funds for the Upper Lachlan Foundation, Crookwell Community Trust and former footballer Brad Hayes.

Inspiration: Co-organiser of the Crookwell Pup's sportsmen's lunch John Mccue with guest speaker, Paralympian Michael Milton. Photo: Burney Wong

Inspiration: Co-organiser of the Crookwell Pup's sportsmen's lunch John Mccue with guest speaker, Paralympian Michael Milton. Photo: Burney Wong

Co-organiser of the lunch and emcee Chris Croker felt it was the most successful day they had ever had.

"It was really well supported with a total donation tally of $38,000," Mr Croker said.

"People recognise the importance of helping out the charities."

There was also an auction and raffle held with prizes including memorabilia, local lamb from the butcher's shop, and bookcases.

Six-time Paralympian Michael Milton, also known as 'Almost Legless Mick', was the guest speaker and Rod Mulvarey introduced him by hailing him as an inspiration.

"He's a truly remarkable and inspirational Australian," Mr Mulvarey said.

"He is a skier, cyclist, trekker, triathlete, runner, and Australian Paralympic record-holder.

"He has six gold, three silver and two bronze medals, which makes him the most successful Australian winter games Paralympic athlete."

When Mr Milton was nine years old, he had his leg amputated after a bone cancer diagnosis; then in 2007, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

In 2006, he clocked a speed of 213.65 km/hr when skiing, making him the fastest skier for both the disabled and able bodied.

Later that year, he pursued cycling and broke the Australian record after six months of training. He was also in the Paralympic cycling team in 2008, less than 12 months since undergoing chemotherapy radiotherapy and major surgery.

Mr Milton's humorous speech filled the room with laughter, especially when he spoke about the time someone took his bike.

"I was looking through a shop window when someone nicked my bike," Mr Milton said.

"I was able to chase that person down because what they didn't realise, when they took the bike, was that it only had one pedal."

Some of the other things he spoke about was his experiences during the Paralympic games and the benefits of having one leg.