icare Paralympian Speakers Program
Raise awareness of workplace and road safety with Paralympian Speakers—free of charge
The program is run in partnership with Paralympics Australia and provides icare customers with access to Paralympians who have been affected by a workplace injury, free of charge. The program is a unique way to raise the awareness and importance of workplace health and safety with employees.
Our speakers tell personal stories of their own workplace or road accidents. They are open, honest and raw about the impact it has had on their lives and those of their family, friends and colleagues.
They each have a unique and different experience to share and are passionate about doing so in the hope of preventing accidents and injuries, and helping others to be more aware of risks and more empowered to speak up.
Our speakers are experienced in speaking at a range of staff events including WHS training days and toolbox talks. They can also be booked to mark important days on the workplace calendar including National Road Safety Week, RU OK? Day, Safe Work Month, and International Day of People with Disability.
Paralympian Athlete Kahi Puru lost his leg in a workplace accident in 1993. Since then Kahi has dedicated his spare time to Workplace Health & Safety education for workers in Australia and across the globe.
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Storytelling is a powerful tool for conveying information, especially stories told from personal experience. While your workers may remember the process or policy for a time, it is the real-life stories that people will remember in the long-term.
The program aims to help icare customers meaningfully engage their teams on the importance of workplace health and safety by encouraging them to speak up, to look out for risks and care for one another.
Ben became a paraplegic in 2004 after a workplace accident, a short time later he took up rowing and became Australian Champion.
A motorcycle accident left John with paraplegia. He returned to the police force, serving for 44 years and he received the Australian Police Medal.
Nigel's leg was amputated after a workplace accident. He became a professional volleyballer, and completed in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.
Sam Tait is working to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games. He took up sit-skiing after a motorcycle accident left him as a paraplegic.