Q&A with Nicole Lu on tackling Krazy Kosci Klimb

Q&A with Nicole Lu on tackling Krazy Kosci Klimb
Posted on Tue 24 Aug 2021

Nicole Lu lives with cerebral palsy, but her mobility challenges didn’t stop her plucking up the courage to take up the challenge to participate in the Krazy Kosci Klimb fundraising event in 2016. Find out how walking the summit track from Charlotte Pass to the top of Mount Kosciuszko made a difference to her life and what she learned from the experience.

 

1. How did you hear about Krazy Kosci Klimb and what motivated you to participate?

I saw promotions about it around the time of recruiting participants and it really piqued my interest. Teigan, a CPA therapist,  gave me more information on it as well as the encouragement to do it. It was pretty daunting but exciting at the same time.

 

2. What was the most memorable moment about the event?

Getting to the top and doing partly in my walker and wheelchair. My goal was to walk in my walker. Also, just spending time with my team, who became great friends, as well as other families, team sponsors and friends as well. It was a wonderful opportunity to be social, connect and have fun, whilst working towards the same challenge. The sense of camaraderie was incredibly uplifting. I really loved that we had a dance at the end of the night to celebrate our achievement of climbing Kosci.

 

3. What was challenging?

The training that went into preparing to climb the mountain was intense and tough. And I was pretty anxious about not knowing what Kosci was going to entail. But I had so much support from our Team Leader, Teigan Butchers, I remember her giving me tips on diet and exercise to ensure I was at my peak health and fitness. I received one to one Exercise Physiology sessions in conjunction with these tips, which was so empowering and helpful in giving me the strength – physically and mentally - and confidence I needed to believe I could do it.

 

4. What did you learn?

I learnt that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. The same year, I had the same mindset to finding a job, so this philosophy has really had a knock-on positive impact on other areas of my life. I wanted to advocate in my role as a disability spokesperson, and I knew I couldn’t get there without more experience and seeking more advice. I sought advice when climbing Kosci and this spring boarded me into seeking advice about other things. You need to surround yourself with experts that lift you up and give you the knowledge. 

 

5. What did the experience mean to you?

It meant more than I can put into words. It was a rare opportunity to tick off my bucket list. My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease over a year before, so it was a lovely event to make memories with family and share with CPA staff, whom I’ve known for many years.

 

6. Would you encourage other people with disabilities to participate, and if so, why?

Yes! Absolutely, it’s such a great event to push you out of your comfort zone. It really was an unforgettable adventure so worth being a part of. I’d just say to anyone “go for it, you won’t regret it”!

 

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re between 12 and 20 and have cerebral palsy or a similar disability, register now to participate in Krazy Kosci Klimb in February 2022!

And if you don’t qualify to participate, your support will be greatly appreciated to provide essential funding for the Accessible Gym and Sports Program at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

 

Welcome to the wrap up episode of Season One of Cerebral Conversations. Here are some highlights and never heard before stories from the great minds at Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and our special guests and hosts.

It’s been a weirdly wonderful time for me – you might’ve noticed I didn’t share a column with you in October? That’s because I was racing toward the finish line of my university degree, a double in Arts & International Studies if anyone was wondering. Four years of my life that unfolded in ways I never could’ve predicted.