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National handcycling champion and quadriplegic surfer


Vernon’s story has touched the hearts of Australians when in June 2012, an everyday game of Aussie Rules Football left his life changed forever. At just 23 years old, a tragic accident left the Leongatha Football Club Vice Captain with spinal cord injuries resulting in C5-C6 quadriplegia. Beau subsequently spent 8 months in hospital adjusting to a very different life of rigorous rehabilitation, physical and mental challenges.

Despite challenges to his physical and mental strength, Beau now uses his resilience and enthusiasm to motivate and mentor as a speaker and coach.

As a speaker, presenter and advocate for disability awareness, Beau’s story of achieving over adversity is touching and inspiring.

Current work

Beau is currently the Senior Head Coach of the Leongatha Football Club where he has led the Leongatha senior side to two consecutive Grand Finals in his first two years as Coach.

Adding to his list of impressive accomplishments, he’s the 2016 National Champion for his category in hand cycling.

He’s also an avid competitive quadriplegic surfer, husband and father.

Previous experience

Awards: Beau is a recent recipient of the Pride of Australia Medal holder, which was awarded to him for his outstanding contribution to the community.

Beau has an infectious personality with a very positive attitude & delivers a very gut wrenching, thought provoking, presentation, full of challenges but at the same time having a humble approach and accepting his circumstance and life in general. Municipal Works Operations Association

We highly recommend Beau for any other speaking engagements. He was a very engaging presence and our clients were very happy to have heard his story.

Pursuit Advisers

Kane Cornes was asked to respond on behalf of the other 12 life members and did so eloquently. A father would be forgiven for thinking it was the highlight of the night. But then came Beau Vernon.

Graham Cornes, AFL Legend

I chatted to staff and students and the opinion was that you were a huge hit and perfect for this activity. Your message was really clear and you related well to the students. It is easier to get to through to girls than to boys and you had the boys really engaged too. Your journey is inspiring.

Drouin Secondary College

We highly recommend Beau to any organisation wanting to raise awareness of disability internally, change attitudes or educate staff on the benefits of employing people with disability. He talks with passion and honesty and tells his story in an extremely genuine and sincere way.

National Disability Recruitment Coordinator
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