Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

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Stephen approached the Australian Paralympic Committee to inquire about an appropriate rowing club that specialised in working with physically diverse athletes so he could follow his dream of learning to row with the aim of getting to selection in the near future. Stephen called and we were delighted to say come on down ! He joined the program in 2018 following this inquiry and we have been thrilled by his dedication and quick learning. His weekly training is impressive with him  on the water four times a week followed by  a minimum of two gym sessions. He’s moving well, learning quickly and preparations are on foot for next season’s racing.

Rowing just off White Horse Point

Stephen is an amazing music producer and is known internationally for his style and video production. Stephen’s backstory and future plans are admirable and impressive. In Stephen’s own words:

“I lost my leg (below knee right leg) as a result of a motor vehicle accident whilst on the way home from work and now walk with a prosthetic. After the accident I suffered quite severe PTSD and depression and, at the suggestion of my psychologist, I rediscovered sport and working out.  I discovered rowing through a mentoring program facilitated through my insurance company and I instantly loved it. Rowing and setting goals within that has made a great difference in my recovery and I appreciate every moment.

        I want to row competitively and am motivated to

push my limits and see how far I can go.

Outside of rowing I enjoy film making and music production & am currently studying youth services with a desire to go into youth crisis care. It is a change in direction in respect to career having previously been a design engineer but I have a strong desire to contribute to societal change for the betterment of those less fortunate.”

We have been impressed by Stephen’s quick learning, commitment to training and desire to row as many sessions as we can organise ! We sense another champion in the making !

 

 

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