Please meet my MOST “Special” Friend & Fellow SW Member Jos Stocker , We >>>
Met during her time at the PA Hospital spinal unit. I remember the first time I saw Jos , albeit I doubt she knew I was watching her from my car whilst I parked. She was sitting in her chair outside of the physio treatment rooms, I could tell her injury was in the early stages, she looked so very ?? “LOST” ?? is the best way I can explain it and knowing only too well what she had in front of her , my heart went out BUT at the same time ?
I could see the “FIRE” in her eyes when I got close and I just knew…
She wasn’t going to let her spinal cord injury define her or change her, she was a fighter. I could see it clearly and I remember back to that time when I see her and her amazing friend who comes and helps her in the gym , they are both a CLASS ACT & bring humour and happiness to all that come their way. I always look forward to seeing them in the gym – great chats, a lot of smiles and fantastic dialogue. For me it’s amazing to see how far she has come from that first time I saw her , and I know she will continue to own her injury so much so that the word disabled ?
Just so ,,, doesn’t fit for her :-):-)
Jos’s story >>>>
I sustained a spinal cord injury in late 2009. At the time, I had little or no understanding how life changing this was to become. I had an extremely complex rehabilitation in the Spinal Injuries Unit and was eventually discharged in January 2011. Whilst an inpatient in the Spinal Unit I met Alan – ‘Hammer’ whilst he was conducting an education session.
The beginning of my new life – Wow where to start. I had been employed in sport and education for a very large chunk of my life and have always been aware of the merits and benefits of physical exercise.
My plan was and has continued to be to improve and maintain my core strength to enable me to be as independent as possible. A gym was the obvious place to start however finding one that had equipment that could be used whilst sitting in a wheelchair was not quite impossible, but very difficult. In the search I discovered Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, and also found that they had an adapted gym for the use of its members.
With the support of the extremely knowledgeable gym staff I commenced a regular gym program; I have improved beyond my wildest imagination, and have seen others do the same. The gym has become an integral part of my life, and the network formed with other like-minded people is equally valuable. I believe that this is the only facility in Brisbane that has a gym that is accessible to both able-bodied people and others with varied abilities.
The association’s activities are not just limited to the gym; I soon discovered their involvement in a wide range of sports encouraging both young and old, from the beginner/novice level through to the elite Paralympians.
Team Jos >>>