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Sporty Sean making his dreams come true

May 19 2020

Sean Kendrick may be a young Queensland cricket sensation, but it is his success in other sports including running, swimming and triathlon where he is also thriving thanks to supports provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The 15-year-old from Westlake represented Queensland for blind cricket at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC) in Victoria in January, and dreams of representing Australia one day.

Born with bilateral anophthalmia, a rare condition that meant he was born without eyes, Sean is also achieving success at a State and National level in swimming and running, through his school.

Since accessing the NDIS in 2018, Sean is achieving his goals of increasing his opportunities in sports with the assistance of a support worker to help his dreams of representing Australia at the Paralympics come true.

Sean’s mum, Melissa, said each week Sean accesses a support worker who is also a triathlete and helps in training and guiding Sean in his running, swimming and bike training.

“We have been very blessed to access NDIS funding for all his training and guiding in events which his guide also attends.

“Sean has been able to upgrade his tandem bike to participate in triathlons with his guide as Sean’s current bike was too small as he had outgrown it,” Melissa said.

Sean is also accessing NDIS supports outside of sport, including taking assistive technology classes over the phone to improve his technology skills and increasing his reading and Braille skills on FaceTime with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

“To help Sean’s confidence and help to catch public transport, Sean has access to a fantastic orientation and mobility instructor and does weekly work, which involves visiting shopping centres, practising echolocation and catching buses to and from school.”

Sean received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au

Photo Credit- Scott Kyle, ABC News