Last week Rotary Club of Kiama was addressed by Australian Paralympian wheelchair basket baller Brett Stibners. He resides in the Illawarra and is part of the WorkCover Paralympian Speakers Program designed to share personal experiences about the impact accidents can have on work and life and the importance of constant vigilance about safety at work.
WorkCover’s Paralympian Speakers Program sponsors athletes who have suffered permanent disabilities but gone on to achieve outstanding sporting success.
In 2001, Brett was involved in a serious car accident, when he was just 20, on Picton Road. It resulted in his left leg being amputated at the knee and his right leg being seriously and irreparably damaged. The accident happened at 11am when he had a nano sleep while traveling between jobs.
Brett was an elite hockey player prior to his accident and had just been informed of his selection to an Australian representative team. Brett’s transition to success in wheelchair basketball did not come easily. Once he had been convinced to give it a go, and realised it filled a gap in his life, he had a long hard road to his eventual selection to represent Australia.
Eventually, he was invited to represent Australia and was part of the wheelchair basketball team, the Australian Rollers, who won the gold medal in Beijing and the Silver Medal in London in 2012.
The next meeting for Kiama CWA Day Branch is Tuesday, June 19 at the CWA Hall, 70 Shoalhaven Street, Kiama. BYO lunch at 12pm, for a slightly earlier meeting start at 12.45pm. Our guest speaker is prosthetic engineer, Rick Lucchini.
Save the date for our Rainbow Fashions Parade on Saturday, August 11. RSVP information closer to the date. Also we will celebrate our International Day on Poland later this month with a luncheon and guest speaker, contact Cheryl on 4232 2680 for more information. Mahin’s next Handicraft Meeting is Tuesday, July 3 from 10-11.30am at the CWA Hall.
Our CWA Hall is available for hire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Cheryl on 4232 2680.
Visitors and new members are most welcome to our meetings.