HELEN: I spent a bit of time out at Sargood on Collaroy last week surfing, using the gym facilities and testing out innovative ways of improving my floor to chair transfers.
Being able to get in and out of your wheelchair effectively is a must for independence. It comes in handy for swimming, yoga and of course if you accidentally fall out!
Floor to chair is something that requires good stength and technique, but being so small I’ve always had to carry an additional push up handle aid to help get that extra bit of lift. This is of course annoying when trying to pack as light as possible.
After some trial and error, I was able to figure out a technique that makes use of my Freewheel, which I’ll already have with me. Hurrah!
You can watch the video here.