Lake Eland: First Paraplegic To Try Out The Reserve’s Zip-Line
Francois Bosman is the first paraplegic to attempt the zip-line at Lake Eland. Indhrannie Pillay
Being disabled from the waist down has not stopped adrenalin junky, Francois Bosman to live life to the full. The 30-year –old tool shop worker from Mokopane, Limpopo, zip-lined through 4.5 km at Lake Eland on Wednesday. He is the first quadriplegic to go on the zip-lines at the reserve. “It was amazing. This is one of the best days of my life.” He told The Witness.
Bosman was paralyzed after suffering spinal injuries from a motor-bike accident when he was 19- years-old. “A car made a U-turn in front of me which caused the accident. But my injury hasn’t stopped me from achieving everything I want to.” He added. He went through 14 zip-lines with the highest being 300 metres high. “I thought I was going to die on the first zip-line. After that I just relaxed and enjoyed every moment. “It was so beautiful and the zip-line operators were amazing.” Bosman has already parachuted, gone scuba diving, and deep sea diving and fishing. “Next on my list is sky diving. I can only imagine what sky diving will be like.” “Everything in life is possible if you just try. Life is so exciting, but you will never know unless you go out there and enjoy it.”
Bosman’s adventures are proudly supported by his caring family. His aunt, Alida Hoole, from Oslo Beach said: “It was so wonderful to see how excited he was about doing this. Disability is not an end to a person’s life.”
“They need the support of those around them.” She added. firstname.lastname@example.org