Stu­dents told to ‘just do it’

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

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.

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