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.

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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