Stop denying quadriplegics like me access to our Aussie beaches – safe surf ocean baths

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A fatal rugby tackle left me a quadriplegic at just 19 years old. Instantly paralysed from my neck down, I was put on life support to breathe.

I’ve since given up a lot. But it’s the Aussie surf I miss the most. I recall vividly, as a teenager running down the beach and being able to swim freely at our Queensland beaches.

But people with disabilities like me and many others can’t enjoy the Queensland coast - the Council refuses to build safe ocean pools. It’s not fair - ocean pools are where children learn to swim and where the elderly and people with disabilities can access the water safely and conveniently.

Safety is key. Ocean rips kill more people on Australia every year on average than sharks, cyclones, floods, bushfires, snakes and spiders combined.

I’m determined for all people to not miss out on the amazing quality of life unique to Australia. Everyone has the right to safely enjoy Australia’s famous surf, sun and sand. But I need your help.

Please sign and share my petition to the Gold Coast City Council for community ocean pools to be established on the QLD coastline, just like in NSW.

Ocean baths will add a new and exciting tourism dimension to our wonderful city, especially leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Thank you,

Perry Cross

President and Founder of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation