Options Days to create more opportunities
THREE inspirational community members will come together on Options Day creating an opportunity to share stories, experiences and talk about people with a disability positively.
Chantel Wolfenden - an order of Australia medallist, Judi Kirk - author and Rebecca Markwell - Year 12 student at Shalom College and state rowing champion will form a panel to discuss their real life experiences in breaking down disability barriers and celebrating abilities.
Tom Quinn Community Centre and Options Day working party member David Facer said the panel discussion was an exciting addition to this year's event.
"The panel is a really good way of sharing knowledge and including story telling. We have three different perspectives with each guest speaker making a connection to challenges faced in our community. We hope attendees will leave inspired with lots of fresh ideas to do even more in the accessibility space or to follow their dreams," he said.
Chantel gained accolades for her swimming career when she represented Australia at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004.
Now 29, this inspirational woman is the mother of three beautiful children born with a disability and says that while this can be tiring at times she loved her family, and the life she now led.
Judi lives with her husband Dave and their youngest son Todd on a little bush block near Bundaberg.
At an early age, Todd was diagnosed with autism and at 15 with schizophrenia - Judi and Dave have devoted their lives to trying to make Todd's world as "normal as possible".
Rebecca is completing subjects to gain an OP, with aspirations of studying law.
Fondly known as Becky, she is the current Queensland Schools Adaptive Rowing titleholder and has individually won gold at both the South Queensland Schools Championships and the Central Queensland Schools Championships in Para-Rowing Single.
For the past four years, CQUniversity Bundaberg has hosted Options Day - a free, event that provides an array of hands-on activities, and information booths focused on supporting those in the community with disability.
When: Thursday from 9.30am - 1.30pm
Where: CQUniversity Bundaberg campus
For up-to-date information visit www.facebook.com/ optionsday or twitter.com/optionsday bundy