Stephen Trestrail, once South Australia's fastest man on water skis, has returned to his sport.
1. GV Stephen Trestrail water skiing before accident in January 1980. 0.09
2. GV & SV Ambulance and Trestrail put on stretcher. (2 SHOTS) 0.14
3. GV Water ski boat (Silver Star). 0.16
4. SV Trestrail getting off wheelchair onto jetty. 0.32
5. SV & GV Boat starting and pulling Trestrail on special frame water skiing. (6 SHOTS) 1.04
SPORT: WATER SKIING
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Background: ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
Stephen Trestrail, once South Australia's fastest man on water skis, has returned to his sport. Trestrail was competing in the Australian championships in January 1980 on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales when he had an accident which left him paralysed from the waist down. He was skiing at almost 150 kilometres an hour (43 mph) when he fell and somersaulted across the surface of the water. A rescue team took him to Sydney, but after five weeks treatment he was back in Adelaide. Despite his disability, Trestrail played various sports including basketball and tennis. He also competed in track and field events. Now, with the help of family and friends, he is back at his favourite sport. With the aid of a specially built frame Stephen Trestrail is water skiing again.
Source: CHANNEL TEN NETWORK, AUSTRALIA