LOOKING FORWARD: Campbell Miller-Waugh and Keely Bashford in their Year 12 physics class at the Rockhampton Grammar School.
LOOKING FORWARD: Campbell Miller-Waugh and Keely Bashford in their Year 12 physics class at the Rockhampton Grammar School. Photo Contributed

Miller-Waugh positive about new journey after accident

EVERY day has been about working hard and keeping positive for Campbell Miller-Waugh since a life-changing accident last year.

On June 7, 2014, the Rockhampton Grammar School Year 12 student fell from his triathlon bike during a training run down Mt Archer, leaving his legs paralysed.

"When I look at what I've achieved in the past 12 months, I'm very happy," he said.

"Looking forward is quite exciting about what I could be doing, but in saying that (the accident) still gets to me sometimes."

The Rockhampton Grammar School welcomed Campbell back to campus at the start of Term 4 last year.

"The school has been incredible," Campbell said.

"They changed my classrooms to fit me in. Also, I couldn't ask for better friends."

Campbell plays with the school's Symphonic Band and Woodwind Ensemble. He participated recently at the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and has just completed his Grade 7 Trinity London Speech and Drama Exam.

Over the holidays, he will do work experience at Rockhampton Hospital as he considers medical career options.

The 16-year old remains athletic too, lapping the pool a few times a week at Caribeae Swimming Academy and doing physiotherapy at Vector Health.

He has come a long way from his initial three months of rehabilitation in Brisbane hospitals following the accident.

"At the start it was really difficult. The first couple of days were the hardest until I slowly started to get my head around it," Campbell said.

By his side the past 12 months have been Campbell's family, parents Veronica and Tim, and sister Sidony.

"Their support has been indescribable," Campbell said.

Campbell's level of motivation, drive, determination and sheer mental toughness is beyond his age, according to mum Veronica.

While the family still struggles to understand "why" it happened, they are moving forward with Campbell on his new challenging journey in life. The family's philosophy is to have no regrets.

"Even though this freak accident has happened to me, I still love being at school and being a part of this community," Campbell said.



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