Right at­ti­tude con­quers bar­ri­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES & WINTEC

The trac­tor ac­ci­dent that left Jor­dan Hicks in in­ten­sive care at the ten­der age of three should have marked the end for him.

Doc­tors said that if he made it through the night he would likely be brain dam­aged and in a veg­e­ta­tive state, per­haps, for the rest of his life.

Re­mark­ably, Jor­dan made a full re­cov­ery and at 25 years old, the Wintec stu­dent lives a rel­a­tively nor­mal life.

He is blind in one eye be­cause of the ac­ci­dent, but what as­ton­ished doc­tors most is that part of his brain re­mains clin­i­cally dead.

‘‘Ap­par­ently I can do things that I tech­ni­cally shouldn’t be able to,’’ he says.

Not to men­tion that he has a his­tory of aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments that any­one would be proud of.

With a Bach­e­lor De­gree in Sports and Ex­er­cise Science now un­der his belt, he’s on the way to com­plet­ing his Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in Sports and Ex­er­cise Science and work­ing to­wards his Mas­ters, with plans to later at­tain a PHD.

A pas­sion for sports fuelled Jor­dan’s de­sire to study and he cred­its the sup­port he’s re­ceived at Wintec for get­ting him through.

‘‘The lec­tur­ers are out­go­ing and are will­ing to help you fig­ure things out if you need help or just have a good yarn with you.’’

The former Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent has gone against ev­ery- thing that med­i­cal ex­perts pre­vi­ously un­der­stood about his con­di­tion.

And while he does face his share of daily chal­lenges, he’s a firm be­liever that much of what you can accomplish in life comes down to at­ti­tude.

‘‘It’s about prov­ing wrong in a good way.’’

De­spite his doc­tor’s prog­no­sis, his par­ents raised him to be­lieve in him­self and his abil­i­ties - and not his lim­i­ta­tions.

‘‘Mum and dad would say, ‘get back on the horse, this is not go­ing to de­fine you. You’re bet­ter than that’.

‘‘So that has al­ways been my at­ti­tude to­wards life.

‘‘My favourite words as a kid were, ‘I can do it!’’’ peo­ple

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Jor­dan Hicks has beaten the odds and is now a grad­u­ate of Wintec.

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