Steve’s journey with SLSWA began when he was dumped by a wave at Cottesloe Beach. Lara and her father Gary, volunteer lifesavers at Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club, helped get Steve to shore. But it was their extensive emergency response training that meant they could recognise a possible spinal injury – and change Steve’s future.
In hospital Steve was told that he had a Hangman’s Fracture – an injury that can kill or paralyse. He was told he might never walk again.
Steve survived the accident, and after four months in a halo neck brace and a long rehabilitation, was also walking again.
Steve’s remarkable story of recovery doesn’t stop there. He then undertook Project 7in4. A journey to climb the world’s seven summits – the highest mountain in each continent – while raising funds for surf lifesaving. Even more extraordinary than completing this project after his recovery, was the fact he completed the climbs in a world record breaking time of four months.