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A long way from the first time I got in the car and needed 3 people to lift me in.
Slowly getting there!

Beau Vernon

On June 23rd 2012 my life changed forever. A normal incident in a normal game of Aussie rules football left me with C5-C6 quadriplegia. In an instant I went from a 23 year old who never sat still, to spending 8 months in hospital and looking at the prospect of spending my life in a wheelchair. Before the incident I played any sport and would be up for any outdoor activity and even quit a commerce degree at the thought of sitting down to work all day. Things have definitely changed for me. Until recently, my family and I had no idea about spinal cord injuries. This is why I want to share my experiences of living with a spinal cord injury and the difficulties that come with it. The support I have received from family, friends and even people I haven't met has been unbelievable, I just want to show you all what you have helped me achieve and that I'm going to live a normal and happy life, even if it is in a chair.


  • Maree says:

    Wow Beau! Maybe you think your progress is slow…but I sure don’t. Your will power, determination, persistence and resilience is paying dividends and rewarding you well. Great work…..and I agree YES you are getting there. .

  • Cheryl Morris says:

    Congratulations – you’re doing so well. Getting better and better every day. 2013 will be a year of monumental change I can see. Cheers Cheryl Morris. (When will you be driving? That should be next on the agenda I would think.)

  • Marita says:

    Well done! Have to admit – was a bit worried at first that you would slide right off the board! Good to see.

  • Dawn Ashenden says:

    Well done Beau, just watched you getting out of the car into your chair. Amazing video of your christmas visit home to Newhaven. The renovations look great. Dawn & Terry

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