I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and thought my life was over. But of course it wasn't - I've come to understand that with the right attitude everything gets better. Now I see solutions rather than problems and have set my sights on joining the Sydney to Hobart team on board faceboat.

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Lynne Foreman
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A day in my life

The day I went up to Melbourne to be a quest on 'No Limits" show is made by people with disabilities. Watch at your own risk. They sit down with the who's who of the disability sector to discuss the latest in politics, news and personal stories.

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Lynne Foreman
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Campaigner

I know we are all fantastic volunteers so we should all get a pat on the back but these notes are on how I got involved with the Every Australian Count campaign Looking back this campaign had got bigger than Ben Hur. I first got involved with the campaign at the Having A Say Conference in Feb 2011. I had no idea what this was all about but sign up and then on the 10th of February 2011 in the middle of the Conference, on the Waterfront in Geelong we held a Public Rally Why? You ask well it's time. We need to improve disability services in Australia and we need the support to achieve this, National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS will enable equality to become a reality rather than a dream.

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My name is ROBYN PERHAM (formerly GOBERT,) and I am now working as a Director (Administration and Personnel) for MPMS P/L. I am living on Lake Learmonth, in western, rural Victoria.

Most recently I've been appearing in The Courier, drawing attention to the many access deficits in the Ballarat region. I'm currently working to convince the Ballarat City Council that we should be the absolute home of democracy by becoming Australia's most accessible destination. And winning!

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Sarah Williams
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Has nominated Frances and Bill Williams

My Family My Mob

You never know that your bedding is warm until you’re cold. It seems to me our world is a comparative thing, we use comparisons to measure everything. We get the knowledge of comparisons through living, we call it life. The more comparisons, the richer our lives. I have decided to enter my parents, Frances and Bill Williams into this competition.

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One of the privileges I have in my role as skipper of the Northern Campaign is working with volunteer crew who genuinely wish to help others in society. One local volunteer crew member in Newcastle invited us all off the boat to his home for a BBQ dinner. It was a warm and lovely experience to be invited to his humble home and listen to his stories of beating the odds that life has pitched against him. Despite losing his eye sight during the Bali bombings he still manages to sail and remain optimistic about life.

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Sally Richards
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Building a Life For Jackson

This is the story of how one small blonde woman had 4 sons in 6 years, one of whom has a profound intellectual disability and with the help and support of many people and organisations created a job, a home and a community for her son who requires 24 hour support. She also survived her husband's suicide in 2009.

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Well Northern Campaign 2014 has bought out a period of great personal growth for me, and the funny thing is it wasn't about me! It was supposed to be about enriching the lives of kids! But as a curious side effect I have grown a lot as a human and this is not just me. It is a side effect of a lot of people who embark on this journey year after year.  I feel (as does the likes of Dalai Lama) that when one does selfless service to others less fortunate than oneself, one cannot help but to benefit. The cosmic karma maybe!

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Ian Wyard
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Body Odour

I read on the Internet that some women are biologically attracted to the pheromones that men emit when sweating. Well if true, the sail down from Gladstone should have had the kind womenfolk of Coffs Harbour howling at the moon when we arrived. I was in fear for my other crew mates because they were trying a bit too hard in my opinion and would be ravaged upon docking. I didn't want to be partly responsible for accidents as hungry females swam across the harbour just to be first to clamber onboard and devour us men! I  must write to that Internet chappie and let him know he's got it wrong.

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Ann Decker
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Has nominated Simon Decker

My Inspirational Dad

I’d like to nominate my Dad Simon as the most inspirational person in my life. My Mom has bipolar disorder which means her moods are erratic, she often drinks and we never really know what’s coming next. She refuses to take her medication even though 3 doctors have told her she should. Mom’s condition meant our childhood was chaotic – but my Dad was our rock – our calm in the storm – a safe haven of love and kindness.

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Mark

Mark

Goode

Northern Campaign Skipper Mark says working with SWD has opened his eyes to what can be achieved. He is amazed at how an activity like sailing can benefit people so greatly, particularly those living…

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Brett

Brett

Whitely

Brett was just 44 when he lost his right arm and leg in a head-on collision with a ute. The ute was overtaking and didn't see Brett coming the other way. A few short months later, he was out racing with…

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David

David

Leslie

I have an inherited disability called CMT (Charcot Marie Toothe Syndrome) which is a neuro-muscular condition affecting mainly the legs and hands to varying degrees. I have weaknesses in my calves and…

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Grace

Grace

Kennedy

Grace Kennedy was born with Spina Bifida and has used a wheelchair for mobility all her life. In 2013, at the tender age of 19, she crewed in one of the world's toughest ocean races - the Rolex Sydney…

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David

David

D'Annunzio

David credits SWD with giving him a better appreciation of what people can achieve. Being an SWD member has shown him first-hand that the human spirit is more powerful than the body. 

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Al

Al

Grundy

I had never been on a yacht before but I realised I could put sails up, pull on ropes, and make things do things. As it turned out sailing opened up a window... which opened a door... which opened a bigger…

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Kristi

Kristi

Foster

Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine, she was in a car accident and broke her back and neck again.

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Kirk

Kirk

Watson

Kirk Watson is an accomplished sailor. His first sail down the Australian coast was at the tender age of 7 in a 32 foot motor sailor... and he's been on the water every spare moment since. Kirk sharpened…

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Chelsea

Chelsea

Cranfield

After participating in the Try Sail day, Chelsea came home and could not stop talking about it. It was such a wonderful time, and she felt secure and stable on the bigger boat. Every time she sees a boat…

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Mark

Mark

Thomson

Mark enjoys his association with SWD for many reasons. In his words, the crew "don't get inflated syndrome by big-noting their achievements - despite their significance." Put simply, "SWD is a really…

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