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An accident in 2006 left Katrina a paraplegic. She's just taken her first holiday since.

Whether it’s a day at an adventure park, a weekend camping by the river or five nights at a high rise hotel, family holidays are full of small moments that can be treasured for a lifetime.

It’s these little things we take for granted on a day to day basis that wheelchair bound people, like Katrina, absolutely need.

In 2006, the balcony of Katrina’s family home collapsed under her, rendering her a T4 complete paraplegic. After 12 months spent both in hospital and rehab, Katrina began adjusting to what life looks like as a single mother of three – aged 15, 11 and eight at the time of her accident – with a disability.

“My kids had to learn to be my carers and that was a big transition in defining our family life,” Katrina told Mamamia.

Katrina began adjusting to what life looks like as a single mother of three - aged 15, 11 and eight at the time of her accident - with a disability. (Image: Supplied)

"Instead of it being me as the parent giving them safety, they had to provide that sense of safety for me, something kids at that age usually don't even have to think about."

While Katrina acknowledges her family has gained so much from their experiences, they also missed out on so much as a family. For families living with disability, going on a holiday together, which is often a childhood highlight, is near impossible.

"In over 11 years, we had one week of family holiday, which cost me a fortune," she explained.

"It's not accessible finding wheelchair accommodation that can accommodate my needs and everyone else's, then finding carers and hiring equipment which is never great quality or the same as your own equipment."

"In over 11 years, we had one week of family holiday." (Image: Supplied)
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Recently, Katrina visited the Sargood on Collaroy with her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter. Run by the Sargood Foundation in partnership with Royal Rehab and iCare , the world-class accessible resort overlooking Sydney's Collaroy Beach is changing the way people living with spinal injury enjoy family time.

Bridging luxury accomodation with accessibility, the resort offers a range of activities and therapies, including adaptive cycling, yoga and golf, water sports, painting and art programs under the supervision of trained clinicians. expert staff who are up to date with the latest research and evidence-based innovations in spinal injury management and recreational therapy.

For Katrina, just being able to experience bonding time with her family without worrying about facilitating her disability was invaluable.

"I believe having something like Sargood to look forward to would've made such a big difference on my children's lives." (Image: Supplied)

"It's about just being together without any responsibility being on my kids, even just going to the beach and the park and doing beach activities with the kids was incredible," she said.

"Usually when we go out, [my kids] have got to worry and look after me, which of course takes the fun out of it for me and for them.

"At Sargood, you're right on the beach, you've got access to a whole lot of equipment and specialised help that enables you to learn how to do things, like surfing or golf on your own to enjoy with your family. Those are the little things people take for granted on a day to day basis that people in a wheelchair absolutely need."

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"It's about just being together without any responsibility being on my kids." (Image: Supplied)

Sargood on Collaroy is giving families like Katrina's the opportunity to enjoy quality time on holiday with their loved ones, something the mother-of-three wishes had existed 10 years ago when her children were little.

"The one thing that resonates with me the most is how good it would've been to have a facility like that when my kids were younger, I believe having something like Sargood to look forward to would've made such a big difference on my children's lives."

(Image: Sargood on Collaroy)

Sargood on Collaroy is run by Royal Rehab in partnership with the Sargood Foundation, who are dedicated to providing opportunities for people affected by spinal cord injuries to enable them to live life to the fullest.

To find out more about Sargood on Collaroy, or help people like Katrina continue to experience all the facility has to offer, please visit their website, the Sargood Foundation, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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