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HAMILTON HILL AERIAL skier Danielle LoizouLake spent five years learning to walk again after an accident on the slopes left her with a spinal cord injury.
The Hamilton Hill resident was on an aerial training jump at Mt Buller in Victoria when she misjudged the jump and landed on her neck from a height of about 8m.
Loizou-Lake fractured two vertebrae and parts became lodged in her spinal cord, partially severing it.
She was airlifted to Melbourne where she underwent emergency surgery.
“I was a gymnast from the age of 5, becoming competitive in my early teens and winning some state titles,” LoizouLake said.
“I had been skiing from the same age and at 18 I moved to the snow full time to focus on the sport.
“My goal was the X-Games, big air competitions and half pipe but I unfortunately had my accident before I was able to participate in any.”
After her injury, LoizouLake required a range of mobility aids and orthotics to walk and found navigating the vast choices and amount of information available difficult and scary.
Inspired by the experience, Loizou-Lake and others living with a disability have developed an integrated website called AT Chat.
AT Chat aims to improve how people access information about assisted technology, using practical and engaging real life examples.
AT Chat has been designed with input from more than 300 people with disability across WA. The project’s Facebook page started releasing video content late last month and launched this month.
Danielle Loizou-Lake spent five years learning to walk again.