Disability no barrier to success

Local wheelchair athlete Eliza Ault-Connell will share her story of success when the community celebrates International Day of People with a Disability on Monday.

Mrs Ault-Connell was just 16 when she lost both legs to meningitis but she never let it get in the way of living a full life.

Today, the successful wheelchair athlete - who competed at Paralympic and Olympic Games - is married with three children and enjoys a physical life that includes competing in marathons.

Hosted by the Albury City Access Committee and Wodonga Community Access Advisory Group, Monday's event will be a platform for people to share their experience of disability and is aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting the rights of all people.

The IDPWD event will include guest speakers Mrs Ault-Connell, Alannah McKeown, Melissa Noonan and local community member Kylie Paull.

"I want to share my message that even though you can have a disability you can still lead a very full and active life," Mrs Ault-Connell said.

"I am married with three beautiful children and they are definitely one of the incredible things I have been able to do with my life.

"I did the New York marathon a couple of weeks ago and I am flying out the day after the International Day of People with a Disability event for a marathon in Singapore."

The IDPWD event kicks off from 11am at QEII Square, Albury and there will be live entertainment and a free community barbecue.

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