New equipment puts everyone in the frame

10 November 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on New equipment puts everyone in the frame|

PARAQUAD Tasmania will be able to help more young Tasmanians living with a physical disability participate in sports after receiving two new frame runners.

Frame runners are custom-built three-wheeled trikes. The runner is fully supported by a saddle, leans against a chest support, and propels themselves forwards with their feet.

They allow freedom of movement and independence for people with impaired balance – for example people who have cerebral palsy, brain injury, high leg amputations, or Parkinson’s disease.

The Rotary Club of Salamanca donated a frame runner after hearing about ParaQuad Tasmania’s Come and Try Frame Running event earlier this year.

Rotary Club past president Mellissa Harvey said frame runners are an important asset for people living with a disability.

“From our perspective, we wanted to contribute to a local project that could really make a difference to people’s lives,” she said.

“We’re excited to be part of this project that gives Tasmanians an amazing sense of freedom.”

ParaQuad Tasmania’s DisABILTY Sports Coordinator Kevin Faulkner said the new frame runners will give children and teenagers living with a disability more independence – but the cost of frame runners can be prohibitive for people living on a low income.

“Seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they try a frame runner for the first time is just gold,” he said.

“It is our hope that we can bring the devices to as many people as possible. In the near future we plan to run regular sessions to help build up the sport in Tasmania.”

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