Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 36

travel By Kate Hill THE HOUSE THAT KEVIN AND TRACEY BUILT As one of South Australia’s experiences as Kevin travelled the and extra-wide doorways, to roomy first Paralympians at the world as a competitor and coach for bathrooms with handheld shower age of 22, Kevin Bawden four Paralympic Games and also as heads and half-recessed basins. laughs as he recalls the the founder of the Wheelchair Sports ‘wheelchair-friendly Association of South Australia. resort’ the large team of athletes was put up in while competing in Israel in 1968. “T he beds didn’t even have mattresses, just these big straw-filled pillow “There were 40 people in one to shape the design of his and kitchen, moving easily around the wife Tracey’s new venture – South ‘chair height’ benchtops. bed and breakfast. Situated right on the foreshore age of four, Kevin, who has been a wheelchair user from a young age, said there is a distinct lack of standards for eco-friendly home is designed to wheelchair friendly accommodation, offer a unique experience with total both abroad and in Australia. toilets. It was terrible.” and electric wheelchairs. travel Having contracted polio at the of Meningie’s Lake Albert, the accessibility for people using manual many eye-opening accommodation the window, Kevin is whipping up his mum’s special apricot pie in the room with two showers and two The incident would be just one of a flock of pelicans perched outside decades of travel experiences Australia’s newest wheelchair-friendly cases,” he said. 36 Now 74, Kevin has used his On a Saturday afternoon, with Every detail has been considered, from the external wooden ramps “It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference,” he said. “The height of the bed. Mirrors and curtain cords at the right height.