Students told to ‘just do it’
MYRTLEFORD P12 College received a visit from an inspiring guest last month with para-athlete and Change One Life Project founder, Lincoln Budge dropping into the school.
Mr Budge lost the use of his legs after a car accident near Corryong over a decade ago but went on to represent Australian in wheelchair basketball as well as downhill skiing while also competing in the national titles for water skiing.
During his visit to Myrtleford P12 College he spoke to the students about his life, how his world changed suddenly and how he has moved on positively.
“Students find his resilience remarkable,” teacher Victor Selway said.
“Students are free to ask him any questions and through this process, Lincoln is able to break down barriers surrounding handicapped people.
“He said when students see Lincoln outside the school setting, they are very keen to have a conversation with him and have no problems in approaching him.
“This can be a barrier socially for handicapped people - people feeling comfortable to walk up to them and say hello.”
Mr Bunge has been sponsored by various organisations and brought along with him 10 wheelchairs for students to try out during a game of basketball.
“Students soon mastered moving around in the wheelchairs, however, they soon appreciated how difficult life can be in a wheelchair on difficult terrain like soft ground,” Mr Selway said.
“Students also gained an understanding of why we are all as a society trying to improve access for people bound to a wheelchair.”
Mr Budge’s Change One Life Project is about his journey and his mission to inspire people to ‘get up and just do it’, which has been incredibly well received.
“He is an incredibly positive person and a great role model for students about how to make the most of one’s life, no matter what the world throws at you,” Mr Selway said. INSPIRING: Para-athlete Lincoln Budge visited Myrtleford P12 College recently with students getting the chance to try out wheelchair basketball. CHALLENGE: Nathan Brown sinks a basket while Kayden McPherson, Harris Doodewaard and Curtis Tanner watch on.