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Sorry it’s taken me so long to put something up on my blog,
I’ve been keeping busy with my first semester back at uni, helping out at football, planning a wedding, amongst other things.
I am hoping that over the summer break I can stick at doing the blog, and show some videos of my progression towards becoming independent, which has been achieved.

It was really good for my mental state to go back to uni and have something to get up for in the mornings.
I started a business degree back when I was 19 and quit half way through because I couldn’t handle sitting still.
I still don’t like sitting still and study is something that bores me at times, but I think this is the best way for me to get out in the workforce and where I want to be.
I was totally independent at uni, I used a splint to help me write which was made by my OT, I jumped on the train to uni and RMIT Is very accessible.
I went pretty well in my results for the semester but at times studying definitely made me think of how much I missed working with the blokes painting.

I went back to my footy team and helped out this year as an assistant coach.
I helped out on the bench and had a large involvement in rotations, I got the game video recorded and did an analysis of the game which I showed to the boys on Thursday nights, also on Thursday nights I would take the under 16s and 18s for weights.
The club and players were kind enough to give me and Lucy a trip to Queensland for helping out this year, it’s pretty reflective of the club. We are going in December, it will be our first trip since I hurt myself.

Other things I’ve been up to is self catheterising, I started doing it last week, it’s been pretty hard to start off wit but I’m sure it will get easier and easier. This allows me to get rid of the leg bag and have no tubing come out of me. Its hard work and not many quadriplegics of my level of injury do it, but its what I wanted to do.

I got my license today, they tease you a bit, you have passed the driving assessment now wait 72 hours until its processed. I want to go for a drive on my own now. Can’t wait to be back on the road and be able to do what I want when I want.
I was thrown in the deep end the other week when my driving instructor got me to drive back to Phillip island which is an hour and a half drive. This was the first time I had been on a road with other cars.

I have done a couple of public speaking gigs during the year, I get pretty nervous talking in front of crowds, but over time that will get better and better. I think it is something that I want to keep doing and pursue as I feel that I can have a positive influence on people.
Over summertime I hope to get into hand cycling (I have ordered one) my goal would be to achieve a marathon, some wheelchair rugby, get in the water  down at Phillip Island and be doing bigger and better things.

Should check out this link to a powered surfboard.

Im rambling a bit, so I’ll get going, I’m off to watch Luce in her netball grand final, hopefully she’ll put on a clinic for me.

If you would like to know or see a video on anything, don’t hesitate to email me at


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.


  • Mary Bourke says:

    Fantastic to hear of the licence news – knew you could do it. Just let us know when you’re about to hit the road!!
    Another tick in the box for you Beau.
    Catch you soon
    Carron & Maryxxx

  • Beau Vernon says:

    Thanks Carron and Mary. Cant wait to get on the road!
    Your probably safer with me on the road than Lucy, who taught her how to drive by the way? Haha
    Now to practice getting my chair in and out.

  • Fran Campbell says:

    Well done Beau, you are amazing, you were always were. But now you are doing things in leaps & bounds. Couldn’t be more proud of you. Fran xxxx

  • Beau Vernon says:

    Thanks Fran, will have to catch up with you and the boys soon

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