Kirstie's up for a new challenge
Outward Bound - on wheelsMICHELE ONG
Kirstie Fairhurst refuses to allow her physical limitations to prevent her enjoying a full life.
The New Plymouth Girls' High School student, 17, will be attending an Outward Bound course for people with physical disabilities starting this weekend.
She is one of the 10 students selected nationwide for the opportunity.
Fairhurst suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident when she was four years old.
This is the first year the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation has teamed up with Outward Bound for the opportunity.
Fairhurst said she had always wanted to do an adventure-based course but it was hard finding a suitable camp or course.
"There'll be obstacles or boundaries that get in the way but it's not the organisers' fault," she said.
She immediately applied for the Outward Bound opportunity when she heard about it. "It's really good because you get to do things that you don't get to do every day, like kayaking," she said.
The active teenager has also been selected for the New Zealand women's wheelchair basketball team, an achievement she was proud of.
"I had always wanted to represent New Zealand but didn't know in what sports."
Fairhurst has been playing basketball socially for two years and this is her first year of competitive playing.
She is looking forward to heading away to the Marlborough Sounds tomorrow to meet up with the other Outward Bound participants.
Fairhurst said her Dad was "really excited" for her.
"He's always getting me to go out and doing things," she said.
"I think he's going to miss me."
She has another engagement when she arrives home on June 28 when she will swap her muddy camp gear for a fancy frock for her school ball.
- Taranaki Daily News
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