Dis­abil­i­ties don’t hold them back

Bay News - - NEWS - Re­becca Mauger Se­nior re­porter

Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are go­ing for gold these days.

They want to get out there and keep fit, ex­pe­ri­ence all that life has to of­fer and live ful­fill­ing lives.

Just look at our spe­cial Olympians and ath­letes. They’re in­spi­ra­tional. Just last week the Bay News lead story was about Op­er­a­tion Ride where se­verely in­jured sol­diers biked the length of New Zealand on tan­dem bikes. Talk about a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Yvonne de Win­ter, who is blind, is the sub­ject of our lead story this week. She rides a tan­dem bike ev­ery week with cy­cle part­ner and al­laround good guy Iain Bibby.

Yvonne made a point of telling me that things have changed for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties or im­pair­ments . . . the days of sit­ting at home feel­ing sorry for your­self are gone. Peo­ple like Yvonne em­brace life.

Yvonne has even done a bungy jump. Good on you, Yvonne. And Iain too, such a good sort.

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