Brian and I first met Lilly at the Avantidrome in Cambridge when she came along with her mum to trial Trikes and hand cycles.
From the first time we met Lilly we could tell she had a great attitude towards life and would give anything 100%. It was heart-warming to see Lilly on a hand cycle racing around the velodrome, getting more and more confident.
With the help of Halberg, Wilson Homes, CCS Disability Action and Trikes NZ, Lilly was able to get the hand cycle she needed to gain her independence. Lilly’s favourite colour is pink, so it was arranged for her hand cycle to be painted her favourite colour. She is now able to take her hand cycle to school two or three days a week and use it at PE lessons, lunch and morning tea times.
“Lilly has been riding her hand cycle regularly and is loving the freedom,” her mum says.
At present Lilly is looking at the possibilities of participating in the Weet-bix Kids TRYathlon.
It will be exciting to see Lilly`s journey with her new hand cycle, and her new freedom to participate in activities with her peers.