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. Beau Vernon November 2012
The last photo before my accident. One of my favourites, everyones so happy. Love my Family
Was always doing something outside, love the beach.
Couldn’t get enough of my footy. Lived and breathed it.
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- Current Motivational Speaker.
- Current Director of Interact Australia.
- Current Senior Coach of Phillip Island Football Netball Club. (Coached Leongatha for 3 years, 3 Grand Finals and 1 Premiership. Coached Phillip Island for 1 year and 1 Premiership).
- Current Ambassador for wings for life world run.
- Currently Studying Positive Psychology.
- Pride of Australia Medal Holder.
- Finished a business degree at RMIT University.
- Husband and Father of two little legends.
- Actively Involved in Sport. Surfer, Kayaker, Cardio (boxing, weights, interval training), Hand Cycling (2016 National Champion), darts, table tennis, golf.
- Despite being in a wheelchair, I love life, and definitely still don’t sit still.
- I want to be an advocate to show that people with a disability are as much apart of society as anyone else and that we should raise the bar on what can be achieved.
- To have a positive influence on people
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Sport – Particularly AFL
- Training the Brain
- Mental Health and why some people prosper
- Inclusion and Disability Awareness
- Health and Fitness
- Family and Friends
- Work Life balance
- Achieving Things
- Stepping Outside of my comfort zone and living the best life I can.