In The Media | 23 June 2017

Sailing into positive future

For 24-year-old Newcastle-based Alex, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created opportunities and helped him develop his sporting prowess.

“I’ve been with the NDIS for 18 months and my experience so far has been great,” Alex said.

Alex has been attending Litestyle Solutions’ Wallsend Community Hub in Newcastle for more than five years and with the team’s support he’s become a very active member of his community.

A quietly determined young man, Alex hasn’t let having spina bifida slow him down and he excels at wheelchair rugby, basketball, lawn bowls and sailing.

“I was doing similar things before but I had to rely on my family to take me to different places, which wasn’t always possible and it was tough on them,” he said.

“Now I don’t have to rely on others. I can do whatever I want when I want.”

Toni Hunt, Lifestyle Solutions’ Wallsend Hub Facilitator, said Alex is great at every sport he tries.

“Alex had never tried sailing before joining us but he’s a natural. He’s also extremely dedicated and does a gym program once a week to develop his upper body strength.”

Alex said he feels  really good being able to go to the gym and go sailing.

Source: The Maitland Mercury