Newstead resident David Stratton thought his disability would bring an end to his outdoor adventures.

He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 20 years ago, aged 44, and has been in a wheelchair for the past 10 years.

When they first met, Dr Stratton’s wife and carer Ros Hart said he was extremely physically active.

“Hiking through the woods and the forests and up mountains was Dave’s great passion and joy – he taught me that great passion and joy too,” she said.

A trip to Canada, in 2009, showed Dr Stratton he need not despair at the idea of never joining his wife on a hike again.

“We met the TrailRider in Vancouver and went up Cypress Mountain,” he said.

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A TrailRider is an all-terrain chair with a single wheel, which allows people with limited mobility access to tracks and trails inaccessible to a standard wheelchair.

Dr Stratton said using a TrailRider was a team-building exercise – it requires the assistance of at least two able-bodied people to operate.

“Everyone feels a sense of triumph, not just the person in the TrailRider,” he said.

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This an an excerpt of an article published in the Bendigo Advertiser. Click here to read the full article.

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