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icare extends collaboration with Paralympics Australia

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NSW government insurer icare has announced that it will renew its partnership with Paralympics Australia for three more years.

The collaboration has worked to help raise awareness for workplace safety with speaker programs from Australian Paralympians.

The insurer says the program has enabled nine speakers to share powerful stories of their own workplace, motor vehicle, or domestic accidents to different industries and businesses.

“This program goes from strength to strength because the Paralympians who participate are incredible role models who share their inspiring stories of hard work, determination and achievement,” icare CEO and MD Richard Harding said.

“This continued partnership with Paralympics Australia means their powerful stories and important safety messages can be shared with more workplaces across NSW.”

Joany Badenhorst, who represented Australia at the Sochi and Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics in snowboarding, says with the proper safety awareness, a tractor accident that caused her to lose her left leg below her knee at the age of 10 could have been prevented.

“Accidents can happen in an instant, and to anyone, at any time,” Ms Badenhorst said. “My accident could have been prevented if I listened to the safety feedback.

“If my story and personal experience can help others stay safe, then I have made a difference.”

Paralympics Australia CEO Catherine Clark says the Paralympian Speakers Program has shared essential safety messages and is proud to continue to provide a needed voice for disabled athletes.