Haddon double amputee just wants to work
Haddon man Owen Telford knows he has a disability. He’s the first to admit it.
The double amputee, however, would like prospective employers to look past his wheelchair and recognise what he can do, rather than what he can’t.
All he wants is to be given a go.
Mr Telford, a former New Zealand Army soldier and qualified chef, lost both legs - one completely and the other from below the knee - in an horrific industrial accident 16 years ago.
Despite his obvious disabilities, there’s not a lot Mr Telford can’t do, or at least try. He drives a car; can use a bobcat and ride-on lawn mower; does all the cooking at home; established and maintains gardens and lawns on his eight hectare property; cuts wood for the family fireplaces; built decking around his dam; constructed a fully-lined gymnasium for his wife Ali; produces stunning leadlight windows; and plays wheelchair basketball once a week.
He is also heavily involved in the community, being a member of Haddon Lions Club and the scouting movement.
Mr Telford’s disability has also not stopped him enjoying daredevil pastimes like white water rafting, quad bike riding, theme park rides and world travel.
“At the end of the day, I try to do as much as I can. I’ll give anything a go, it’s just some things may take a little bit longer,” Mr Telford said
His injuries were sustained in 2001 when he was dragged into a trenching machine will working at an overpass on the Western Highway at Rockbank, on the outskirts of Melbourne. He completely lost his left leg, while his right leg was amputated below the knee. He has a prosthetic limb on his right leg, which he uses to maneouvre around while in the wheelchair.
But the 53-year-old, who has lived in Australia for 27 years and is an Australia citizen, decided recently he wanted to re-enter the workforce.
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