In April 1985 at the age of 23, I was involved in a motorbike accident that left me with horrific leg injuries. I was told that I'd never be able to walk unaided again.
after 15 months of rehabilitation, determination and hard work, not only was I walking unaided but I took part in my first fun run with a specially designed shoe for that leg.
I continued life with my fragile injured leg for another 24 years until 2010 when I fell and broke my already damaged leg. After six months of having my leg in a cast it was evident that it was not healing so I made the difficult decision to have my right leg amputated below the knee.
It was a life changing decision and definitely not an easy one, but I couldn't live with the pain any longer. I was fitted for a prosthetic leg only a couple weeks after my surgery and after only a month of learning to walk with my prosthetic I started some gentle running on a treadmill.
Six months after the amputation I entered my first 5km fun run and since then I have walked the Kokoda Trail twice and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Now I have my sights set on my next challenge which is to walk to raise funds for Limbs 4 Life during Amputee Awareness Week.
If you want to say hi to Geoff during his ‘Big Walk’ he’ll be walking at the following locations:
•4 October 2019: Wondonga Sports Ground
•5 October 2019: Wangaratta Showgrounds
•6 October 2019: Benalla Showgrounds
•7 October 2019: Bendigo Lake Weeroona
•8 October 2019: Ballarat Lake Wendouree Foreshore
•9 October 2019: Colac Botanic Gardens
•10 October 2019: Geelong John Landy Field Track
•11 October 2019: Melbourne (location to be confirmed)