My name's Liam, and I was involved with LSA because of my accident. I had a grade 3 axonal injury. I was over at Port Victoria on the Yorke Peninsula, to set up camp for New Year's Eve, a bunch of mates, and myself, and we decided to go fishing. So we just jumped in the back of the ute, and my mate was driving, obviously, and hit this wombat hole. I bounced out the back and I landed on my head. So I had a seizure, went into a coma, got flown to the hospital, and was in ICU for a month. LSA has been fantastic. They've given me all the funding for my therapy, and looked after me in there, and had shown me the way to go, what is the next step.
The first time I saw Liam was in Royal Adelaide. The second time, he was out at Hampstead Rehab Centre, and I thought I'd gone into the wrong room. He was a different person, he was making jokes, it was amazing. You couldn't compare the boy at Royal Adelaide to this hilarious man at Hampstead. Every time I see him, he's been doing something new, and different, and exciting. And it makes it a really exciting journey to work with him.
So I guess a really important role for me, with Liam, is to help make sure that he has every opportunity to do the things that he used to do, before his accident, that he has the chance to reach the goals that he sets. Liam sets these really fun, normal goals for a 21-year-old man, and he just keeps reaching them. Any of the challenges he comes up with that we can support, we get rid of as quickly as we can and just let him get on with being a 21-year-old bloke.
I can go to the gym, let off some steam. And there's a social aspect, I go there and I know all the ladies at the front counter. I find it an escape from all the rehab that I have to do, I can just relax, pushing myself and that. It was my aim to lift 100 kg, and then I pushed that further and further. And I'm almost up to 120 kg, but I've just got 110 kg. It's all about achievement, and you can do stuff.
So anyone can do it, if they're training for it, they can do it. I want to get back to work. I want to get back to surfing in the summer. I don't compete or anything, I'm not a pro. But I just like that you can go out there, and sit out there, and it's peaceful and relaxed. The only thing stopping you from achieving anything is yourself. So you can do anything, but you've just got to put your mind to it.