Gary Allsop

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Gary Allsop

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Australia-VIC

Biography

On April 29th 1989 whilst playing Australian Rules football, Gary Allsop suffered a broken neck in an on field incident leaving him a quadriplegic.

He was no longer able to work as a nightclub DJ; had to sell his house and his marriage fell apart. Never one to be negative, Gary slowly picked up his life and set about educating thousands of primary and secondary students about life in a wheelchair and the dangers of diving. He has also spoken to many other people in varied community groups about overcoming hurdles, coping with adversity and self-motivation.

His audiences have ranged from primary and secondary schools to University's, AFL Clubs St. Kilda, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Richmond, Melbourne and Carlton, as well as local football clubs, Lions and Rotary Clubs, Riding for the Disabled, official government press conferences and events, as well as scientific forums and workshops and various other community groups at luncheons, dinners and other social and corporate functions.

Gary is able to tailor his inspirational and uplifting presentation to suit any audience, though the underlying motivational message remains the same, with its common thread to all. He allows each person, in a friendly, informative and humorous way, into his world and shares with them the personal struggles he has endured, the mental strength and attitude it has taken to cope with his disability, not only now, but also in the initial stages of his injury.

Gary also informs his audiences about the many and varied activities he is involved in, and shows it is possible to live a full and productive life in spite of a major disability. His hope is that each person will take away something positive, that is of motivation for them personally. His motto is "Never take things for granted and cherish every day in this precious life that we all have".

Prior to his accident, Gary worked as a nightclub disc jockey for 7 years, sang in a band and was also in Sales and Marketing. Gary is also an accomplished songwriter and he has written and recorded songs for major sporting events and provided voice-overs for local community radio.

He is an Honorary Director and Victorian Chairman of Spinal Cure Australia, a charity organisation raising much-needed funds for Spinal Cord Research. His work involves creating public awareness, gaining publicity and lobbying the State and Federal Governments, corporate sector and general public.

In May 2003 Gary held a fundraiser Celebrity Shirts for Spinal Cord Research and raised $90,000. For his efforts, Gary received a Tattersalls Award in March 2004 for enterprise and achievement having demonstrated persistence and determination above the norm, resulting in a further donation of $15,000 to SCA.

In 2004 he successfully lobbied the Victorian State government to contribute $63 million into spinal Cord research. This resulted in the birth of the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative (VNI), which funded scientific projects into spinal cord and acquired brain injury research.

Through an application to the AFL Players Association in 2008 in conjunction with a nomination from North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer, Gary was presented with a grant of $10,000 towards Spinal Cure Australia.

Gary has been sought after to serve on many advisory committees over the years. Along with many Monash University and International scientists Gary helped form the Monash Neurotrauma Consortium and hopes to bring the latest cutting-edge stem cell technology to Australia to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Gary's determined passion is to one day walk again and regain some semblance of his life back. He is very well versed on current research technology and is extremely hopeful of receiving even the smallest of benefits from the likes of up to date stem cell therapies that will become available to him and others in the not too distant future.

He continues to campaign governments as they change throughout the years to convince the powers that be to continue to fund spinal cord research in the hope of finding a cure for spinal cord injury to better the lives of all the injured people both now and in the future and he has been doggedly working towards being part of that solution.

Gary's presentations are highly motivational, very inspiring and a must see to any audience.

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