I am 50 years old and have been using a wheelchair for over 30 years. In the summer of 1989 I had a diving accident that left me a Tetraplegic.
I was an apprentice Sheet Metal Engineer as well as a Territorial Soldier with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers, 1st Field Squadron. I was also involved with Scouts achieving the Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. After my accident, I retrained as a Computer Aided Designer achieving a Certificate in CAD Design from City and Guilds of London and held full-time employment for eight years designing playgrounds for McDonald’s Restaurants.