NEARLY two years on from the football accident that left him a quadriplegic, Phillip Island’s Beau Vernon has started a part-time role with the finance department of the AFL.
“I’ve just been doing bits and pieces around the office and helping out where I can,” he said.
He is also studying a business finance degree at RMIT University but said he is not the best student.
“I don’t really like studying too much,” he said.
“It’s been good to get a couple of days’ work because it breaks up the study a bit.”
Aside from working two days with the AFL, Beau has been busy pursuing other interests.
Beau and his wife Lucy are enjoying living in Hughesdale.
Beau has returned to Leongatha a few times to watch his brother Zak play for the Parrots this year, but said he is enjoying his first ever year without a commitment to footy.
His focus has shifted to the sport of wheelchair rugby, where he has joined a local competition.
Wheelchair rugby is played on a basketball court and uses specialised chairs.
It is a very physical sport with regular contact and collisions between players’ chairs.
Each team has four players on the court and players are ranked on points by their level of function.
Each team may have a total of eight points on the court at once and the aim is to carry the ball over the end line to score a try.
Beau said he is enjoying working on his fitness.
“It’s good to get back into a physical and team sport,” he said.
Despite being new to the sport, he has quickly found success.
Beau’s team won the grand final in his local competition two weeks ago and he also competed in a tournament in Hamilton recently.
He said the team that played in Hamilton was a strong one.
“We had some blokes from Queensland who were pretty handy,” he said.
“We won the tournament in that as well so that was good.”
Beau and Lucy are jetting off to Europe on June 26 for a month-long honeymoon which includes visits to Dublin, London, Amsterdam and Paris.
“It should be good, I can’t wait to break up winter a bit,” Beau said.