Rebecca Markwell is an ideal ambassador for Options Day 2016.
Rebecca Markwell is an ideal ambassador for Options Day 2016.

Rebecca stands tall in new role

PLANNING is under way for Options Day 2016, a Bundaberg region community event which invites people with a disability and their family and friends to explore the many skills and educational pathways available.

Rebecca Markwell is an ideal ambassador for Options Day 2016.

She has kept her own sporting options afloat by excelling as a single-skull rower and her educational options have been enhanced through enrolment as a CQUniversity Law student.

Rebecca is visually impaired and has been diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, which inhibits her movement and co-ordination.

Despite these health setbacks, Rebecca tried her hand at jazz ballet, netball, gymnastics and concert band before finding her ongoing passion in rowing.

“I really enjoy rowing and can train and compete with the help of verbal directions, my sense of feel and the sound of oars in the water,” she says.

Rebecca was a gold medal winner at major school championship rowing events and has continued that success into open-age events.

She’s the current Queensland state titleholder for the Legs, Trunk and Arms (LTA) Single Skull Female Rowing division, and has aspirations to compete in future state and national events. The Tokyo Paralympics of 2020 is also on the horizon as an incentive to train hard.

Rebecca is also enjoying her early subjects for CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Laws degree.

“My goal is to become a criminal lawyer,” she says.

“I appreciate help from CQUni Inclusion and Accessibility service who provide a participation assistant and help with things like turning textbooks into PDF format so I can increase the type size for reading on my tablet.

“It’s great that lectures are online so I can go back and take notes at my own pace.”

Options Day is a free, annual community event that will highlight and contribute to the important conversation around improving awareness, access and inclusion for people with disability in the wider community.

The event, celebrating its fifth year in 2016, offers guest speakers and inclusive, hands-on activities for people with disabilities, people who support those with disabilities, schools, and the wider community.

Options Day is at CQUniversity Bundaberg campus, from 9.30am to 1.30pm on September 8, in association with a range of community organisations. These include The Salvation Army, Bundaberg High, Bundaberg Regional Council, TAFE East Coast, Hearing Voices QLD, and Impact Community Services

Sponsorship or exhibitor queries can be directed via optionsday@outlook.com or 07 4150 7111 or 0448 431 521.



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