About the project
In 2003 I was 17 when I fell unconscious one evening.
I awoke the next morning in hospital a complete paraplegic from T4 (just below the chest). I’d developed a rare neurological disorder that’s not contagious or genetic – just unlucky. My immune system had somehow become confused, and attacked my spinal cord.
In 2012 I ended up needing extensive surgery to correct a health problem that resulted from my disability. Post surgery required three months of bed rest, but fortunately during this time the 2012 London Paralympics were on.
I’d never watched them before.
I saw an athlete being profiled, and apparently two months after losing their leg to cancer they went and climbed a mountain. I felt inspired. I searched online for something I could get into to make the most of what I had full use of. I found triathlon.
When I got the all clear from my specialist to start being active a few months later, I joined a swim squad that afternoon. It was December 2012.
As of 2017, I've represented Australia at multiple World Championships, a Paralympics, and am striving for selection in the Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games Team.
My World Ranking has climbed from being unranked at the end of 2013 to currently sitting 5th in the World.
I complete a Triathlon by using my upper body to swim, a recumbent handcycle to ride, and a racing wheelchair to run.
Funds raised will contribute towards training and any competition costs, and equipment maintenance.