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Andrew Liddawi and Break the Boundary

April 19, 2018 | Category =
Andrew Liddawi adaptive MTB

Guest story from Robert Cronin, a workplace learning student from Great Southern Grammar, who was placed with GSCORE in early 2018.

In November 2008, Andrew Liddawi a keen mountain bike (MTB) rider went for a ride with his mates on one of his favourite trails in Daisy Hill in Brisbane. On one part of the track he hit a particularly difficult corner which caused him to go flying off his bike. This resulted in him being completely paralysed from the waist down and from that moment on everything would be different. Rebound WA is an organisation that helps people with disabilities get back on track. Rebound WA got in contact with Andrew and started getting him involved with adaptive MTB riding to make him reconnect with the sport. In 2013 Andrew became the first ever paraplegic to compete in the Cape to Cape MTB riding event.

Andrew created his own organisation called “Break the Boundary” which has sparked many cycling groups in Queensland and Victoria to get involved in adaptive MTB riding. Andrew’s main goal is to encourage more and more people with physical disabilities to give adaptive MTB riding a go. Andrew says the main thing that keeps him motivated is “looking forward to helping other people, that just gets me going and if there wasn’t opportunity for growth in the industry for adaptive MTB riding I would probably just give up.”

Andrew Liddawi Break the Boundary
Andrew Liddawi from Break the Boundary talks to school students about Adaptive MTB

In March 2018, Andrew organised an adaptive MTB riding camp for people with physical disabilities in Albany. The camp was spread over 3 days and saw a group of people with physical disabilities have a go on different equipment, learn the basics, to tackle different terrain.

I had the opportunity to meet and interview Andrew after the camp. I asked him why he enjoyed it and Andrew felt that to start with it was about proving a point that he could still ride a bike and then he wanted to give others the opportunity to participate in Adaptive MTB. The main thing that attracts Andrew to the sport are the people and the places he has had the chance to visit. He has always been a very outdoors person and enjoys new trails, which is what attracted him to Albany. He has found the other people involved in Adaptive MTB are always friendly and provide support for each other as it can be isolated out in the bush.

Andrew recommends Adaptive MTBing to others for its physical benefits and it can help people with disabilities build skills and strength for everyday life. There are also mental health benefits in being outdoors and mental health can be a problem for people with physical disabilities. Being on the bike minimises the feeling of having a disability. It was great to meet Andrew and I look forward to more Adaptive MTB camps in Albany.

Beyond the Wheelchair

March 20, 2018 | Category =
Wheelchair MTB

Rebound WA is running a FREE community Adaptive Mountain Biking Come-n-Try workshop in Albany as part of Bike Week.

The presentation will be run by accredited coach, motivational speaker and athlete with a disability, Andrew. He will speak about his personal story of a disability, adversity, bike safety, adaptive equipment, programs and the power of volunteering.

The demonstration will be run in an adjacent court and will cover the basics of the varying adaptive cycles and a demonstration of equipment use and safety.

People are encouraged to try as many of the cycles as possible and will be tutored individually to ensure the correct use of equipment.

This event is recipient of a 2018 Bike Week grant, made possible by the Department of Transport and WestCycle.

Adaptive Mountain Biking Adventure Camp

March 16, 2018 | Category =
Flyer for Adaptive MTB Camp in Albany

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in the beautiful bush-land overlooking the southern shores of West Australian in Albany for a relaxing and family-friendly camping and handcycling experience. From the coastal bush-land of the Vancouver Peninsula you’ll be overlooking the majestic Royal Princess Harbour – where land meets sea!

Jump on different equipment, learn the basics and tackle different trail features. When the sun sets, roast some marshmallows over the camp fire family, friends and fellow riders!

You’ll be guided by a Mountain Bike Australia affiliated and accredited coach with the support of experienced handcycle volunteers. You’ll have the opportunity to check out some cutting-edge technology. Learn where to get equipment from and different grant/funding opportunities in WA!

It will be a cram-packed weekend, so throw on a helmet and get ready to tackle some Aussie dirt!

Break out the Bikes

January 19, 2018 | Category =
Active Albany Flyer

Part of the Active Albany Summer School Holiday Program

Join ALAC’s TravelSmart Officer and taken on our three progressive rides that will teach you all you need to know about cycling safely and skillfully. Best part is, if you enrol for all three cycling sessions you will receive 15% off.

Guest Speaker: Andrew Liddawi from Break the Boundary

November 11, 2017 | Category =
Break the Boundary Talk

Andrew Liddawi founder of Break the Boundary will be speaking about his team’s 5th consecutive Cape to Cape Mountain Bike Handcycling.

Break the Boundary comprises of adventure enthusiasts who volunteer their time to help spread the message of adaptive mountain biking around Australia. Team members take different roles to help people with a physical disability accomplish and break different boundaries, such as the annual Cape to Cape MTB race in Western Australia. Constantly being at the forefront of Australian history, the team continues to expand, diversify and help each other were possible and accomplish more brazen feats each year!

Break the Boundary Founder, Andrew says: “I set out on a mission early 2011 to rediscover mountain biking on a handcycle after a bad MTB accident in 2008 which left me completely paralyzed from the waist down. After several events and many rides around Australia, I get a drive from bringing new riders into the slowly developing sport of Off Road Handcycling during my spare time while advocating for more inclusion around WA and other states in Australia.”

Come along to this free community talk to hear more about Andrew’s inspirational journey and the organisation that he has founded.

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