GOOD MATES: Mick Fanning helps Barney Miller up the beach.
GOOD MATES: Mick Fanning helps Barney Miller up the beach. Contributed

Barney and Kate’s tell-all documentary

MANY people know Barney and Kate Miller and the incredible optimism they share, but only a few know of the incredible steps they have taken in defying the odds of quadriplegia.

Barney, a champion for disabled surfing, is best known for staging his own charity surf contest at Sawtell and smiling his way through life.

For 17 years he has defied medical expectations after a car he was a passenger in smashed into a tree at 120kmh.

Doctors told the 37-year-old back then he would never breathe unassisted, or regain the use of his legs.

In the years since however, Barney has overcome the obstacles, returned to his love of surfing and last year even delayed his wedding so that he could waltz with his bride.

Along the way Barney has inspired many, including good mate Mick Fanning, who nominates Barney as one of the most inspiring people he has ever met in the heartwarming documentary You and Me, based on Barney's recovery and romance with Kate.

"It's incredible to have willpower to move forward and just say 'No, I'm not going to give up, I'm just going to do my best," said Fanning, who dedicated his 2013 world title to Barney.

Through intense schedules of rehabilitation, Barney has never given up on the dream of walking again.

"It is one of the main messages in the movie: surround yourself with the right people and nothing is stopping you," Barney said.

In 2010 Barney said the real breakthrough came during a three month course of rehab in the US during Project Walk.

"I stood up for the first time on my own. That was really emotional, I heard sobbing behind me and Kate was balling her eyes out," Barney said.

Barney and Kate will take part in a Q&A session ahead of the screening of You and Me at Coffs Harbour's Event Cinemas on May 1 at 6pm.



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