Cou­ple take on world of chal­lenges

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

WHERE there’s a will, there’s a way. Cairns mu­si­cian Chris Wighton and Trin­ity Angli­can School teacher Joyce Lester know all about over­com­ing any dif­fi­cul­ties and mak­ing things hap­pen.

One of Aus­tralia’s great­est ever soft­ball play­ers, Joyce cap­tained the coun­try to a bronze medal at the 1996 At­lanta Olympics.

Chris is an adventurer who was paral­ysed in a moun­tain bike ac­ci­dent, but has em­braced life and its chal­lenges.

Hav­ing trav­elled widely be­fore his ac­ci­dent, Chris is on his first over­seas jaunt since be­ing con­fined to a wheel­chair.

“It’s been a fan­tas­tic ad­ven­ture thus far with bril­liant pre­plan­ning by Jos run­ning like a well-oiled ma­chine.”

Af­ter tak­ing in an Arse­nal vic­tory over Stoke City at Lon­don’s Emi­rates Sta­dium, they watched the Jersey Reds de­feat Nottingham at rugby in Jersey at the week­end.

“My daugh­ter and her part­ner are lawyers, but he has hung up his suit to pur­sue pro rugby for the Jersey Reds and has just been re­cruited by a team in Bris­tol,” Chris said.

From there it’s off to Spain and Por­tu­gal. “It’s cer­tainly a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.”

WIN­NERS: Chris Wighton and Joyce Lester (right) with Ju­lia Wighton and Tom Pin­cus (left).

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