If you ask me…Chevalier Denis De’Travernent

Chevalier Denis De’Travernent uses a wheelchair and used to be a top sports physiotherapist

Who has influenced you the most?
Wheelchair athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson who is inspirational.

Which professional has helped you the most?
My GP Dr Geert Van Zon.

How would you run care services in your area differently?
More sensitivity of client need, more in-depth training and less paperwork.

What would make your life better?
For those in authority to look at my needs, not at my wheelchair.

What three words best describe you?
Intelligent, sensitive, impatient!

What event most changed your life?
Going from being a healthy sports injury physiotherapist one day to being a chronically sick person requiring a wheelchair the next.

What is your favourite book?
The Bible. My saviour gives me the strength and faith to continue my life even in the pain I endure each day.

What is your greatest achievement?
Gaining my degrees against all odds. I was deaf from birth and have heard for past 20 years.

When did you have the most fun?
The 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Who do you most admire?
My wife. After three weeks of marriage my illness appeared and she has continued to care for me for 11 years.

What is the most important lesson you have learned?
Aim for the highest but be prepared for second best.


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