Monday, January 11, 2016

Parks Victoria rolls on

The old chair and the new. Mount Bishop (Wild Places) in the
background. Photo by Elise Kinsella, ABC
This is an unusual post because it's not about the TrailRider. If you have watched Wild Places you will have seen my delight in being back in the ocean, on Norman Beach at Wilsons Prom, courtesy of the special beach wheelchair.

Judeland Anthony, paraplegic shows what can be done
Photo by :Elise Kinsella ABC
Excited though I was I could only indulge (like the TrailRider) if someone was willing to push me. Now that has been fixed. Bradley Fauteux, CEO of Parks Victoria, unveiled a new self propelled beach wheelchair. The foreshore, where the sand is wet and smooth, is the ideal place to let rip on an appropriate chair.

The event was covered well by the ABC and I owe to them, and to Facebook, my awareness of it and the photos here.

I sense John Kenwright's work behind the scenes here.

1 comment:

  1. The new yellow beach wheelchair shown is called a Lasher Sport Beach Chair and is the first beach wheelchair of this type available for public use in the State of Victoria. Unlike the other beach wheelchairs provided by Parks Victoria, the Lasher beach wheelchair makes it possible for visitors to operate the wheelchair independently. The design and its features makes it well suited for visitors with paraplegia or with leg amputations. This model was selected after some consultations with the community recreation staff at the Spinal Unit at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and after some initial park beach trials. The Lasher beach wheelchair is available for visitors to borrow for free at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Feedback from visitors who have used the chair on Norman Beach has been very positive to date.
    John Kenwright


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