On his time at Trinity...
I came to Trinity in Year 10 and my initial impression was that it was a very welcoming place. My father was an old boy, and after a less than great experience at my previous school, the Principal at the time, Tony Curtis, welcomed me with open arms. I knew the school had a good sporting program, and I was proud to be a part of the 1st Water Polo team in Year 10. Unfortunately, I lost almost all my vision towards the end of Term 1 of Year 10. This was a massive change in my life, and the staff at Trinity was very accommodating in many different aspects, especially as there were no other vision-impaired students at the school at that time.
Trinity hired someone from a vision impairment service, an agency with employees helping kids with impaired vision in school. Trinity arranged for some of these people to come to school once or twice a week to help me with adaptive technology. Fifteen years ago I was given a laptop, no one else in school had one. I could do tests and assignments through email or computer instead of having to write it out. Trinity offered me alternative methods to help me graduate with my class. The school was very good like that, and made me feel, as much as I could, that I was like everybody else. I was able to graduate and compete in my first Paralympics in Year 12. That was one of the biggest highlights in my life to date.
I graduated from Trinity in 2004. I was quite interested in health and the body so I went on to study personal training, which led to an interest in remedial massage, my current career. From a sporting perspective, I began swimming competitively in Year 11. I didn’t enjoy swimming as a kid, but once I lost my sight and water polo became too dangerous, I decided to swim. I had my heart set on competing in the Paralympics, which I knew were approaching in Year 12. I competed in Athens in Year 12, and in 2016 I competed in Rio at my fourth Paralympics.
Viriliter Age — Strive Manfully
Viriliter Age, the medal, I'm not sure if it still exists, but it was awarded to me at a whole school assembly after I lost my vision in Year 10.
Mr Curtis awarded it to me, and I don't believe it was given out very often. I look back now and think I wasn't any more special than anyone else, but I was going through a difficult time and it was nice to be acknowledged.