Townsville girl Paisley Beckett used to spend the summer school holidays watching from the water’s edge as her friends relished action-packed fun in the ocean.
The eight-year-old was born with a spinal condition that prevented her from participating in some of her favourite activities.
That was until her dad, Chris Beckett, could bear it no longer.
He took matters into his own hands by creating the All Abilities Water Sports club in 2018 to give kids like his daughter the joy and exhilaration of a day out on the water.
“Something like water skiing is often hard for families to participate in if they don’t have the gear,” Mr Beckett said.
“By bringing our equipment out to rural communities, we’re closing that gap for people with disabilities who are often left out.”
By ABC North West Qld / Zara Margolis and Larissa Waterson