Tristram keeps rolling with the hits

Thank you to Steven Parry for sharing this great, inspiring article with us.

Tristram keeps rolling with the hits

The Courier-Mail | February 5, 2011 | By Mike O’Connor

TRISTRAM Peters was waiting for me in his wheelchair. “It’s for you, to give you an idea what it’s like,” he says, pointing to an empty wheelchair.

“You steer with this,” he instructed, pointing to a joystick on the armrest as I slid awkwardly into the chair.

I pushed the stick forward with my right hand and accelerated across the room, clutching the plastic hockey stick he had just given me in my other hand.

For the next 10 minutes we both whirred across the floor at MontroseAccess – a rambling complex at Corinda which offers therapy and respite for children and young adults with physical disabilities – as Peters schooled me in the art of wheelchair hockey.

Peters is 20 and knows about wheelchairs, having been in one since he was four.

“I’ve got spinal muscular atrophy type 2, which is a form of muscular dystrophy. It was an early progression so I never really walked,” he says.

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