Katey leads workouts on wheels

By Katey Chesterton and Kate Reid, 3 September 2018 , Comments

Northcott’s Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team (SBART) provides support for people aged 18 and over who are living with Spina Bifida.

This week we caught up with SBART customer Katey Chesterton to find out about the support the service provides and how she’s making her fitness career goals a reality with her business Wheelies Workout.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born with Spina Bifida and used callipers and crutches between the ages of 5 and 12. I have been getting around in a wheelchair since then. I started working at the age of 17 in the call centre of Pizza Hut, after that I did some baby sitting, house sitting and dog walking. Now I work in childcare and I also write children’s stories.

How did you get involved with Northcott’s Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team (SBART)?

I don’t remember exactly when I first got involved with SBART, but I have been with SBART for many years and they have always been there for me.

What support does SBART provide you?

If I have a health issue I have always called Joanne Brady and other team members over the years and been able to get help from them. The staff at SBART are very friendly, caring and always supportive.

You recently started your own fitness business, can you tell us a bit about that?

Last year I did a Certificate III in fitness course to become a group fitness instructor. My business is called Wheelies Workout. It is designed to keep the disabled community fit and healthy. It involves stretches, arm and hand exercises, as well as a push around the park. We also bring our dogs. It’s a great way to keep fit and socialise!

What inspired you to start the business?

NSW Wheelchair Sports was my inspiration for starting Wheelies Workout. I have always loved helping people and NSW Wheelchair Sports has helped me achieve my sporting goals, be independent, socialise and make friends that I still have today.

What kind of feedback have you had from customers?

I have had a lot of positive feedback with Wheelies Workout. It’s only a small group at the moment, but I’m sure the numbers will grow with time.

What support has SBART provided you in regards to your business?

Joanne Brady [from SBART] suggested I try for a grant so I applied through Fundability which is a grants program facilitated by Northcott. It’s designed to help make communities more inclusive for people with disability.

What advice would you have for others in your situation?

I would just like to say to everyone with disability, “don’t think you can’t, because you can”.

To find out more about how SBART can support you or your loved one, phone 1800 818 286.

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