INSPIRATION: Robbie Flanagan (blue and white singlet) and his support crew celebrate at the top of Mt Coolum.
INSPIRATION: Robbie Flanagan (blue and white singlet) and his support crew celebrate at the top of Mt Coolum. Contributed

On top of the world on top of Mount Coolum

ROBBIE Flanagan is a determined young man who will not let anything get in his way; especially not the disability he was born with.

Mr Flanagan will be the guest speaker at a Disablity Action Week event tomorrow in Mary St.

He achieved one of his biggest goals in August - conquering the 3km return trip up Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

Robbie, now aged 26, was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair his entire life. It is difficult for him to get around at the best of times but he will not let that stop him from pursuing his dreams.

For years, Robbie had heard stories of family, friends and even strangers climbing the mountain.

Every time he heard one of these stories or drove past the mountain he became more and more determined to do it.

"I'm going to climb it one day. I want to see if I can do it," he said.

To prepare for the journey, he trained for months on

other climbs such as Mount Tinbeerwah, which was an achievement in itself.

Robbie reached the summit, 208m above sea

level, with sheer determination and enthusiasm.

He loves adventure and wanted to show the community that people with disabilities can achieve as much as anyone else if they put their mind to it.

"Many people I know would love to do things like this but think they can't

because they are in a chair and have a disability," he said.

"People with disabilities can achieve great things if they put their mind to it and have the motivation,

support and faith to achieve their greatest goals in life."

Further information, contact the Gympie Regional Gallery, 44 Nash St.

What's on

Thursday 9am-2pm

Gold City Centre Stage in Mary St.

9-10am: Amellia, Men's Song Story.

10.05am: Guest speaker Robbie Flanagan.

10.30am-2pm: John Millidge, Gold Dust Rockers, Ray Mackey, John Baillee, Graeme Jensen, Elwood Smith Cripps and Scott Astill.

All this month: Artwork on display at venues along Mary St.

Exhibition: At the Gympie Regional Gallery, 44 Nash St, until October 2.

Free entry, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.

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