Volunteer Speaking Ambassador
Kurt Drysdale started playing rugby league when he was just 7 years old for the local team, Helensburgh Tigers. He went on to play representative footy for the Cronulla Sharks and worked hard to make the NRL.
Just before Kurt’s 21st birthday, he was tragically injured while playing rugby league. He is now paralysed from the neck down and needs a respirator to breathe. He is unable to feel or move from the neck down and requires 24-hour care to support his needs.
Following Kurt’s terrible accident, he had to learn to do basic things again, like how to swallow and to talk. He needs someone to help him with every aspect of his life. From the moment he wakes in the morning until he goes to bed at night.
Despite what Kurt endures on a daily basis, he remains motivated for the future and is an inspiration to those around him. His daily rehabilitation helps his mental and physical health and keeps him positive. Kurt believes he will breathe and walk again – he has hope for a cure for paralysis.