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ABC News – Today is Celebration: Katanning teenager hits the road

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Fifteen-year-old West Australian teenager Shanniah Barker lives life in the fast lane.

A photo essay by Eliza LaschDison.

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Shanniah was born with spina bifida. Her mother and father, Angela and David, have ridden motorbikes for years. After a rigorous project of modifying a sidecar for Shanniah, they embarked on their first family ride, from Katanning to Wagin in Western Australia’s Great Southern.

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“It?s not like I am trapped at home, because I’ve felt trapped before and I couldn’t get out of?hospital.”

– Shanniah Barker
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I love motorbikes. It makes me smile. My cheeks hurt … I can?t wipe the smile off my?face.

– Shanniah Barker
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We had the motorcycle approved. Now we?re allowed to ride it whenever we want and ride as a?family.

– David Barker (L), with Shanniah, brother Isaac (C) and mother Angela (R)
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Katanning teenager Shanniah Barker, who has spina bifida, puts on a jacket with the help of her father David in preparation for a motorbike ride in WA’s Great Southern. 24 March 2016 (ABC News: Eliza Laschon)

Dad really wanted to ride with me before I got sick. When I got sick he couldn’t ride with me, so he was stressed?out.

– Shanniah Barker
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It?s a celebration for getting out of?hospital.

– Shanniah Barker

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We had to wait a couple of weeks after the surgery so she could wear a helmet. So today was the day. Today is a?celebration.

– David Barker
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It?s just the freedom of being out and not stuck at home. We all ride [five Barker children, including Isaac, pictured?centre].

– Angela Barker

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It?s like a dream come?true.

– Shanniah Barker
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4 thoughts on “ABC News – Today is Celebration: Katanning teenager hits the road

  1. Top stuff love this article. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you Rrahim, I am so glad you enjoyed Shanniah’s story. I think it will inspire others in a similar situation. Have a great day. Dave

  2. This is an awesome story. I love when others do things for people who don’t have the ability to go out and enjoy life to fullest like the rest of us. Spina Bifida is not an easy condition to live with, for the person that has it and family. So being able to make the side-care and getting it approved was a wonderful act of kindness, even if it was the dad and family that made it happen. This story is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jeremy, thank your for reading the article and for your kind words. I wish there were more factory manufactured vehicles and motorcycles available for persons with a disability. Unfortunately they are generally existing motorcycles that have been modified, very rare and extremely expensive. This puts it out of price range for most people and the modification approvals can be very drawn out. Also my experience was how difficult it is to find an engineer that is actually willing to do the modification. If only I had enough money to make some wheelchair accessible sidecars for these people. That’s my dream. Have a great day. Dave

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