Lee Ferrier hits the waves at Bondi Beach again

When the Royal Rehab Centre extended an invitation to Northern Sydney Welfare Officers Norm Pounder and Ken Vessey to take Lee Ferrier on another group outing to Bondi Beach for a morning of surfing under their Return 2 Sport Program, there was no hesitation from Lee when we asked him if he would like to go. As previously a few months ago it was another beautiful day at the northern end of Bondi Beach, with moderate waves which allowed Lee and the other wheelchair patients to gain easier access to the surf.

Image: Norm Pounder and Lee Ferrier

Words cannot amply describe the feelings they must have experienced as they entered the surf on special designed floating wheelchairs and floated aimlessly across the surface. Lee was out for his second board ride since his motor cycle accident on the 18 April 2015, wasted no time in getting on a board with the assistance of Sebastian (Royal Rehab) and was riding waves into the shoreline in no time at all. He was so thrilled to have this experience again because he was an accomplished board rider prior to his accident.

Image: Lee Ferrier going down special matting to the Bondi Beach surf

Once again the care and attention displayed by in particular Kel, Samantha and Sebastian from Royal Rehab was of the highest order and obviously it is working miracles for their patients. Lee was excited and speechless when we hopped into the Men of League van on the way home as Norm and I were. Lee told us the wonderful news that he had been asked to be an Ambassador for The Sargood Centre at Collaroy (under construction), just down the road from where he lives with his family Rozina and sons Nikola and Jett. The Sargood Centre will be a unique style facility that will assist in the rehabilitation and re-learning experience for people who have sustained spinal injuries, together with their families. The Centre will be operated by the Royal Rehab Centre.

Image: Norm Pounder,Lee Ferrier and Ken Vessey

Lee is a young man of enormous strength and courage, who is admired by all who know him and especially us from the Northern Sydney Men of League and we will continue to assist him and his family.
By Ken Vessey, Welfare Coordinator Northern Sydney Men of League Committee

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