I’m 32 years old, and I am a father, a husband, a speaker, a Paralympian and a congenital amputee: I was born missing my right leg just above the knee.
Sports have been my passion since boyhood. Hockey, soccer, basketball, swimming, high-jump, even surfing – it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do what everyone else did. Sure, there were ‘naysayers’, but their negativity only made me work harder; I learned, early on, the power of guts, positivity, and belief in oneself.
In my teens, I began competing professionally as a swimmer: in 2002, at Korea’s FESPIC Games (Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled) and The Rottnest Channel Swim five times as part of a team. All totalled, I took home one silver medal and two bronzes. I’ve also competed as a professional basketball player, winning five Australian Wheelchair Basketball Championships, as well as the World Club Championship in Kitakyushu, Japan in 2007.
Today, my passion for sports and exercise is equalled only by my desire to educate and inspire others. Giving both adults and children the tools to face their fears, overcome obstacles and dream big. That’s enough for now about Brant Garvey.