Paralympian, Speaker, Ambassador

Charity and Community

I am passionate about doing as much as I can for my various charities.

For me, I feel I am lucky compared to a lot of others, and if I can use my profile as an athlete to raise awareness for deserving causes then its my duty to do so.

Below is a list of charities and ambassadorships I am active in.

Australia Day Ambassador

2005 – Present

This included speaking at the Australia Day Address and interacting with the local community and VIP’s at various rural and metropolitan locations. Talking about experiences, achievements and pride in being an Australian.

Westpac International Disability Day Ambassador,

2010 – Present

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Life’s Little Treasures Ambassador

2011 – Present

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick. The Foundation’s services are available in the hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home.

Athlete Leader Swimming Australia

2012- Present

A mentor to the Paralympic Swim team and a mentor to the upcoming athletes in development squads. 1:1 catch ups or group meetings talking about what it means to be an athlete on the Australian Team.

National Aboriginal Sporting Chace Academy (NASCA)

October 2008 – Present

Teaching children in rural communities the importance of nutrition, education, and sharing my personal sporting experiences (including goal-setting and achievement)

Telstra Paralympic Education Program

2005 – 2012

Aims to develop awareness of the Paralympic games, Paralympic sport and the athletes by teaching students about disabilities, health, social issues and sport’s importance to the community.

Vision Australia Speaking Program

2006 – 2011

This includes speaking to schools and communities about my experiences and the role Vision Australia plays in the helping of blind and vision- impaired people.

“I strongly believe that giving time to charity creates a better understanding of just how lucky I am, to do what I do, and have had the experiences and opportunities I have.”

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