Kate Swain

Kate Swain. Photo Credit: Marianthi Karadoukas

I am a young Australian. I also take on life from the perspective of living with a disability.

I grew up on a farm not far from the Country Music Capital of Australia, Tamworth, with my parents and three brothers. A car accident at the age of five left me paralysed from the chest down and relying on the use of a wheelchair. I was a shy child and wanted my life to be no different to my able-bodied friends.

I struggled living my life with a disability but through the help of others and my determination have been able to challenge and overcome barriers. Attending rehab at the age of 21 enabled me to gain a greater independence, and the granting of my Starlight Wish changed my perspective on life by encouraging me to take risks and make the most of opportunities.

I have grown to become a sporty person enjoying wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis as an active member of Wheelchair Sports NSW, and sit skiing as an active member of Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA). I enjoy international and domestic travel including making an annual trip to the snowfields. I am a social butterfly spending time with loved ones, and baking delicious treats to share.

I have created The Wheel Life to share my stories about my life with the dream of creating a fun and inclusive world. Topics covered include adaptive sport, self-development, travel, events and baking.

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