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Governance

Managment Committee

Break the Boundary is overseen by a volunteer-based executive committee (“board”). The committee ensures that the operations of the volunteers meet the objectives of the association and ensure that it operates in the best interests of it’s members .

The committee is governed by the Rules of Break the Boundary Inc.

Our governing team comprises of a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who have a personal interest and passion in the outdoors, being active and helping others experience our beautiful Australian outdoors.

Andrew Liddawi

Chairperson

Andrew set out on a mission early 2011 to rediscover mountain biking on a handcycle after a bad MTB accident in 2008 which left him completely paralyzed from the waist down. After several events and many rides around Australia, Andrew gets a drive from introducing people with disabilities into areas most people consider inaccessible. Since being the first person with a disability to content a multi-day Cross Country Marathon race at the annual Cape to Cape MTB (WA) in 2013, Andrew continues to handcycle and help others with similar disabilities conquer new territory as a reminder that life isn't over after severe trauma.

Heidi Thomas

Secretary

Hailing from the United Kingdom and naturalising to an Aussie in 2006, Heidi brings her off-road handcycling energy to the table. Typically looking for the next mountain bike trail to conquer Heidi is driven not only to improve her personal strength and fitness, but is also passionate about sharing the outdoors with others. Heidi became the first and only female adaptive MTB XC national champion in 2019 and wants to see more people taking up the sport. When Heidi's not on her handcycle, she'll be found spending time with her dog, volunteering at an animal hospital and cruising on her 3-wheel Harley Davidson with her local bike club.

Suhail Liddawi

Treasurer

Having worked in several not-for-profit organisations in Australia since the 80's, Suhail continues his to run his own accounting small-business while volunteering his expertise in Break the Boundary. After witnessing his son endure the trauma of a life-changing spinal cord injury, Suhail knows all to well the impact it has on the surrounding family and the changes necessary to adapt to a new life. Through Break the Boundary, Suhail takes part in the annual camp, not only to help those in similar circumstances as his son, but also to enjoy being outdoors in West Australia's bush.

Wade Jarvis

Deputy Chairperson

When a call was put out to the WA MTB community in search of a support rider for the 2016 Cape to Cape, Wade was there to dive into the unknown. Without fail, Wade rocks up to the party with enthusiasm and drive to help others enjoy MTB. A great supporter and motivator for the adaptive riders, Wade lights up the place with his light hearted-humour and energy. Travelling to different trail destinations and getting into the outdoors is a must-do for Wade and is family. Having a strong background in academic project management, Wade brings a wealth of knowledge in governance and planning, as demonstrated in the organising of the West Australian Cross Country Marathon Series.

Chris Sontag

General Committee Member

A technical whiz-kid when it comes to electronics and gadgets, Chris combines both with adaptive MTB. Prior to his spinal cord injury in 2010, Chris was highly active in everything outdoors; from camping and fishing to bikes and dirt. It was only a matter of time he reengaged with his passion for the outdoors when he came across Break the Boundary in 2014. Since then, Chris has been active on all fronts of the Charity, from assisting with administration, tinkering with assistive technology and getting out onto new trails with the MTB community.

Andrew Hardy

General Committee Member

After reading about Break the Boundary in a 2016 MTBA newsletter, Hardy made contact to see if Hunter MTB Association could introduce adaptive MTB to their club. BTB put Hardy in touch with handcyclist Hank from Coffs Harbour. It wasn't long before they were checking out trails together. 'We became good mates and we've been riding and checking out trails ever since'. Hardy puts himself in the shoes of a rider who, for an accident or fate, is unable to ride a two wheeler. 'Its great to know you can still ride even if fate deals a bad hand'. Being a busy dad of three teenagers and a husband of a politician, Hardy always gets out to ride on the weekends either at the local track or a planned event.

Objectives

Provide accessible social and recreational outdoor events for people with a disability, their families and friends in areas of challenging terrain.

Sourcing and managing adaptive equipment which help overcome obstacles and difficult terrain in the great outdoors.

Advocate for mountain bike and walking trail accessibility by collaborating with other associations and clubs.

Advocate for inclusion of adaptive categories within existing and future sporting and recreation events by collaborating with other associations, clubs, charities and government departments.

Consult in activates involving off-road trail and path audits, accessible trail design and trail upgrades.

Establishing and managing an online database of accessible off-road trails in Australia.

Establishing and managing best-practice guidelines for inclusion of people with disabilities in mountain biking, mountain hiking, trail walking, parks and beach access.

Source funding for activities, equipment, operational expenses and future opportunities for inclusion which satisfy the Association’s vision.

Legal Structure

Break the Boundary (Inc.) is registered and regulated by the following bodies:

Incorporated Association (WA) IARN A1023621J

Australian Business ABN 51 912 474 213

Australian Registered Business ARBN 625 621 070

Australian Charity ABN 51 912 474 213