Lynn Barnes

Self-determined, humble and compassionate, Lyn presents herself with dignity and quiet strength. She spent her childhood living in Normanton and Inkerman, a Cape York cattle station before taking on nursing training after leaving school.

A keen motorcycle rider, Lyn was the mother of a toddler son and only seven months into her training when she became a paraplegic 32 years ago after an accident on her beloved bike. Lyn had two other children after her accident, one of them a doctor and is now a proud Grandma. A down-to-earth, practical person, Lyn spent many years as a Facilitator with the Spinal Injuries Association helping others on their way and raising the profile of people with disabilities. Lyn is a multi layered woman whose warmth and honesty has gathered to her a wide and diverse circle of friends.

After moving to Cairns in 1979 Lyn took up swimming for the exercise and found she was so good she started training. She has swum competitively in New Zealand, at the Australian Nationals in Melbourne and in Hong Kong at the Far East South Pacific International Corporation Games winning 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals over her swimming career.

Although retired now, Lyn continues to swim for exercise. Not afraid of a challenge, Lyn traveled to Thailand last year and now has plans to drive an accessible campervan around Australia. She brings experience, strength and commitment to our cause.