Otago Daily Times

Back in the sad­dle

- Lucy Wilkins is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist with ACC. Bicycles · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies

‘‘I just wanted to get on a bike as soon as pos­si­ble, partly be­cause I love bik­ing, and I just felt I needed to get back phys­i­cally what I had lost, but also just to get out in the fresh air and get go­ing again.

‘‘It wasn’t some­thing I was fear­ful of. I just knew it was nec­es­sary for me to jump back on those two wheels and get go­ing, which is what I did.’’

For Cor­nish, bik­ing and mu­sic share sim­i­lar­i­ties.

‘‘I love the strug­gle of bik­ing, I love bik­ing up hills, and there is, to me, a sense of strug­gle in play­ing mu­sic as well. Some­times its phys­i­cal, in fact, mostly it’s phys­i­cal.

‘‘Play­ing the oboe has never been easy for any­body. And I think I’ve al­ways liked that phys­i­cal chal­lenge.

‘‘For me it’s def­i­nitely like over­com­ing a prob­lem, it’s like be­ing vic­to­ri­ous in an ac­tiv­ity, over­com­ing a real sense of ‘this is hard’, and I like be­ing able to do that and suc­ceed­ing.’’

And suc­ceed he has, tak­ing his seat on stage once again.

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