On paper, Stuart Hume appears to be like any other 25 year old male; a great love of the outdoors, good music and good food. But when you meet him in person you soon discover that everyday activities, the simple ones, that we take for granted are just that little bit harder for him.
Just over two years ago, in June 2009, Stuart was involved in a motorcycle accident whilst volunteering at a cycle club race in his hometown of Wagga Wagga. This horrific accident left him with a T-7 incomplete spinal chord injury resulting in him needing the help of a wheelchair and crutches in everyday life now.
These life changing injuries would definitely create a massive long term hurdle in anyone’s life and they have so in Stuart’s life, but through Stuart’s determination he had not only completed his rehabilitation six months after his accident, he had also returned to fulltime work.
This fighting spirit and determination has definitely not diminished with Stuart now pursuing his dream to represent Australia in the Paralympics Games.
One year after his accident, Stuart developed an interest in alpine skiing. Upon trying out alpine skiing with Disabled Winter Sports Australia, he discovered that he had a natural talent for it. By the end of the season he had been selected for the Development team for the Australian Committees’ Winter Paralympics Preparation Program.
So here is hoping that we see the name Stuart Hume on the athletes list for the 2014 Sochi Paralympics Games!