• Andrew Short & David Short

    Father & Son

    Andrew Short

     

    Andrew has cerebral palsy.

     

    Andrew was born in Griffith NSW in 1979. After attending a “normal” preschool, he attended Kalinda School from 1985 to 1986. In 1987 Andrew and his family moved to Canberra where he attended Hartley Street Centre from 1987 to 1989. In 1990 he attended the Woden School. At the end of 1992 he transferred to Lyneham High where he spent two years making the transition from the special unit to mainstream classes and by 1995 he had fully transitioned to mainstream classes. In 1997 he attended Hawker College completing years 11 and 12. In 2004 he completed a Diploma of Community Development at CIT. Sadly in 2012, his mother passed away, this had a profound effect on Andrew. In 2013 he went on to complete a Bachelor of Theology from Charles Sturt University. That same year he began his Masters of Disability Studies at Flinders University and is continuing his studies while working at Papandrea Partners.

     

    Some of his remarkable training adventures include completing the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb in 2013 and Tough Mudder in 2014. During Tough Mudder, he successfully completed most of the obstacles using his sports wheelchair. In 2015 he hiked around the base of Uluru. It was a hot morning of 40-degree heat and took him around 4 hours to walk around the rock, this was an awe inspiring experience for Andy and he did not realise just how big it was. In 2016 he completed a section of the Kokoda trail which was the toughest physical challenge of his life. He wanted to give up half way but he would not let himself, nor would the people hiking with him. He couldn’t believe he had made it.

     

    In June 2017 Andrew walked the Great Wall of China. For more on Andrew follow the link below:

     

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/09/24/how-aussie-man-cerebral-palsy-tackled-kokoda-trail

     

    David Short

     

     

    Born in Sydney in 1941. Ancestry largely British (and some French, including perfumers from Versailles), with earliest known ancestor born in Devon in 1673.

     

    Mother didn’t believe in conventional methods of teaching English and maths. Reading adult books at age 6. My main formal academic interests have been physics and maths.

     

    I spent my working life in CSIRO, Australia’s national government scientific research organisation. This was first as a technician, then as a scientist. An early supervisor helped me to recover my love of maths, and soon I had my first experience of publishing an advance in solving differential equations!

     

    As a physicist, I provided physics and maths in a few fields of applied science. In each, there were fundamental errors, and as a result there were some interesting academic scuffles. This sort of work background, as well as meeting Czech and Chinese scientific and medical people, undoubtedly helped me to stand firm in questioning the English-speaking world’s opposition to the idea of neuroplasticity.

     

    In 1970 May and I married, and Andrew was born in 1979. Many years later, Andrew’s brother Michael said, “You’re lucky Dad, you married your best friend”. Yes, the same friend during the bliss of the perfect pregnancy, following the shock of Andrew’s injury at birth, and even as she helped us to face her impending death in 2012.

     

    Sadly May missed two major 2013 milestones for Andrew: my understanding of Lee Campbell's vision for engaging neuroplasticity efficiently to help Andrew, and Andrew’s university graduation.

    You are invited to take part in a trekking experience with Lee, so that you can get the practical experience of how it is to be applying neuroscience in practical terms as well as motivation and drive to achieve.


    The trek will start at 10.00am at the bottom of Arthur´s Seat at the back of Dynamic Earth and will last approximately 3 hours to explore the extinct volcano of Edinburgh. Do bring appropriate shoes and clothes.


    This unique opportunity to trek with Lee, David and Andrew is a chance of a lifetime experience.

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