Larapinta Trail Challenge – First time ever, a Singapore paralympian takes on the Australian outback in a wheelchair to raise funds for charity.

Dr William Tan at the Larapinta Challenge. Photo updated on 17 August 2017

31 JULY –  Dr William Tan is no stranger to scaling new heights and overcoming adversity. His long list of accolades and achievements never fail to amaze the ordinary man whose everyday challenges pales in comparison to Dr Tan.

Not one to shy away from a challenge and a chance to raise funds for charity, the indomitable Dr Tan, paralysed from the waist down since the age of 2, will be the first wheelchair bound person in history to take up The Larapinta Trail challenge.

Come August, he will attempt 65kms of the Larapinta Trail, central Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking trekking trail.

Although an accomplished sportsman,  Dr Tan who is MindChamps Academy Programme Director and MindChamps Medical Chief Strategy Officer will be facing physical and mental challenges in the harsh Australian outback.

To attempt the Larapinta Trail Challenge it requires a good level of bushwalking experience along the tracks that may be rough, hard and very steep.

The Larapinta Trail is also home to many of the arid zone’s rare plants, as well as wild animals like dingoes, wallabies and snakes.

By harnessing the Champion Mindset, Dr Tan pushes boundaries and continues to inspire us as there is no limit to what we can achieve and the only limit is our imagination.

Dr Tan has devoted his life to championing as well raising funds for needy causes all over the world. He has helped raised more than $18million on a voluntary basis for charities locally and internationally over the last 22 years.

His goal for the Larapinta Trail Challenge is to raise $15,000 to support indigenous education, health, research and community initiatives organised by the University of Newcastle Australia where he is an alumnus.

MindChamps’ social charter is committed to the creation of educational opportunities where there would not otherwise exist, as such MindChamps is proud to sponsor Dr William Tan’s Larapinta Trail Challenge.

MindChamps Founder and Group CEO, David Chiem

“We are happy to contribute to this cause as it provides crucial support for Australian Indigenous students, giving us a chance to make a difference in their lives and to provide them with the opportunity to realise their fullest potential through education.”


Event details
Date: 15-19 August 2017
Organiser:  University of Newcastle
Charity aim: To raise $100,000 to support indigenous students and research for indigenous community health issues.

To arrange for an interview with Dr William Tan on his preparations and for more information on the event, please contact [email protected]

Adrian Tan
Senior Director, Communications
Tel: +65 6828 2675
M: +65 9850 4015
Email: [email protected]

Dr William Tan- MindChamps Academy Programme Director
Dr William Tan is the Resident MindChampion mentor at MindChamps Academy because he is the living definition of a MindChampion.  Despite being paralysed from the waist down since the age of two, and without the advantaged wealth or position many are born to, he nevertheless developed the mindset to become:

  •  A multi-degree graduate of NUS, Newcastle, Auckland, Harvard and Oxford Universities
  • A highly-successful neuroscientist and physician
  • A Paralympian
  • A multiple gold-medallist
  • The first person in the world to accomplish a marathon in the North Pole in a wheelchair
  • A multi-world record holder in marathons (including the fastest time to accomplish 7 marathons across 7 continents including Antarctica – in 26 days and 17 hours)

Amongst all these achievements, he has also unselfishly raised over $18 million for children’s and medical charities.

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