Hear directly from six Launnie locals about their experiences in these three short videos.

Meet the Participants

One of the city’s most fit residents, Jacquie walks, runs or swims most days. This love of fitness in the last few years has evolved into a passion for bushwalking, which has seen Jacquie complete the Three Capes Walk.

Jac is a valued employee of a local Social Enterprise and an enthusiastic fundraiser.

A Harry Potter super-fan, one of Jacquie’s favourite things to do with her partner if not on the move or at work, is to see a good movie. She also loves the occasional weekend trip to Melbourne to enjoy big city delights.

Quick-witted and known for ‘calling a spade a spade’, Carolina was born in Chile and has lived most of her life in Launceston.

A talented artist, Carolina has produced a mural in a well-known local restaurant and enjoys regular time with her craft group.

Carolina plays competitive Boccia (including as a state representative), participates in Tenpin, and travels for both sports.  She has also travelled widely through Europe.  Passionate about Tasmania’s outdoors, a favourite pastime of Carolina’s is seeking out new wheelchair accessible tracks, especially on the East Coast.

Meet the Participants

Minna is known for her love of adventure and travel, which includes a memorable trip of down-hill skiing in Canada. When travel is combined with Boccia, though, and visiting her beloved nephews, Minna is at her peak!

A state representative Boccia player, Minna’s weeks include training, as well as playing Tenpin. She also enjoys socialising, cooking and art.

Minna is a dedicated spokesperson about inclusion issues and is passionate about driving equity for all Tasmanians. She features regularly as a bold and trusted voice in the media, most recently about the devastating impact of the lack of accessible taxis in the state. 

Dean works as a disability support worker in Launceston, where he ensures that clients are enjoying life by living as independently as possible.

He is also active in Disability Rights advocacy and is a valued member of the Speak Out Tasmania community.

A dedicated practitioner of taekwondo year-round, Dean also plays soccer and basketball. If not at work or play, you’ll more than likely find him trying out the multitude of dining venues around Launceston with friends and family.

Meet the Participants

Launceston born-and bred, this Boccia athlete is also a respected advocate for inclusion.

Speaking up in the media and to Government about matters that affect people with disability, Nic puts himself on the line to ensure that issues are not only heard by leaders, but amplified throughout the community.

Nic’s journey as a Boccia player has recently reached new heights, having been awarded with a scholarship from with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.  He’s played for his state many times, and now Nic is on track to National representative level.

Tommy is an active young man who loves the outdoors. He particularly enjoys being in the garden, where he is famous for his lawn-mowing and whipper-snipper skills. In fact, out of school hours, Tommy has several gardening clients who enjoy both his work and his company.

A super-fan of the Richmond Tigers, you’ll see Tommy donning his yellow and black merch, along with his favourite camo-gear when out and about. He also might be chatting with mates on the phone to see how their day was, or about one of his favourite subjects, trucks.


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