Bill Chaffey has been named the patron of the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards.
Bill Chaffey has been named the patron of the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards. John Gass

Para-triathlete new face of access awards

FIVE-TIME world champion para-triathlete Bill Chaffey has been named ambassador of the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.

The Bilambil Heights resident will complete his first duties as ambassador at the this year’s awards at Tweed Heads Civic Centre on December 3.

Mr Chaffey, an incomplete paraplegic who’s due to compete at next year’s Paralympics, said he’d noticed first-hand how challenging accessibility could be in public places and businesses.

He said rewarding those who opened their doors to people living with disabilities by improving accessibility was a great move for the region.

“I’ll be happy to see where the Access and Inclusion Awards go and I think it’s quite a positive move for the Tweed,” he said.

Mr Chaffey said it would be great to see the awards inspire more businesses and other public institutions to become more accessible.

“I’m just happy to be part of it and happy to show people that even with an injury, you still can achieve so much,” he said.

Tweed Shire Council community development officer Karen Collins said getting Mr Chaffey on board was a big deal for the annual awards.

“Bill’s achievements in his sport are an incredible local story of what can be achieved with the right drive and mindset,” she said.

“While his best-known achievements are at the elite level of accomplishment, his determination and commitment are an inspiration for everyone aiming to do the best they can with the attributes they have.”



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