The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - UPFRONT - SAWEEKEND EDI­TOR roy.ec­cle­ston@news.com.au

Some peo­ple look at things that are, and ask why – oth­ers look at things that never were, and ask: why not? I’m para­phras­ing Ge­orge Bernard Shaw, but his words are surely rel­e­vant for two of our sto­ries to­day.

Take Erin Phillips. They told her as a teenager she couldn’t play footy, but – af­ter a ca­reer as a bas­ket­ball cham­pion – she starred in the in­au­gu­ral AFLW sea­son.

Then they said she couldn’t marry the girl she loved. Why not? She wed in the US. Now she’s got twins, is in­volvedvo ved in bot both spo sports,ts, a and d lives in two coun­tries.

There’s also SA burns sur­geon John Green­wood and Bali burns vic­tim and cam­paigner Ju­lian Bur­ton, who saw peo­ple die who should not have. Why not cre­ate a world­first ar­ti­fi­cial skin that will make painful grafts a thing of the past?

Why not in­deed? It’s in­spir­ing all round.

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