Michael and Fizz’s story
Michael was always an active person. A professional triathlete he was always on the move. Tragically in 2008 Michael was involved in a traffic accident on a bike training ride in Melbourne. He was clipped by a passing truck and careered into the back of a parked four-wheel-drive. The accident broke his cervical spine at the C4 level. This break damaged his spine making him a quadriplegic.
Determined to regain as much independence as possible, Michael has worked very hard during his rehabilitation. Defying the odds given to him, Michael has pushed himself to be able to self transfer, propel himself in a manual chair, cycle using a recumbent bicycle and walk short distances. Michael no longer competes but he has retrained in marketing and runs his own business, his website is set up so Michael can continue to be an inspiration for people going through similar circumstances. He volunteers at his daughter’s school and is a spokesperson for Bicycle Safety.
To continue his pursuit for more independence Michael applied for an Assistance Dog at the end of 2011. A very special dog was in order to assist Michael in the home environment; but also to be comfortable working in many environments including schools and on stage in front of large audiences; be active to keep up with Michael on his bike and calm and confident to work with kids. Enter Fizz….
Michael is now trying to raise money for Assistance Dogs Australia, so other people can experience the joy of an Assistance Dog. To donate to his fundraising page click here.