“It was positively exhausting, and I’m nonetheless attempting to determine it out,” Alex mentioned. “It’s been 11 months now, since my damage. Via the entire course of I’ve had actually good family and friends, who’ve helped maintain issues in perspective.
“You go, ‘Effectively hey, you may’t do that, however you might be nonetheless going to have the ability to do that and this’. I’m nonetheless going to have the ability to end college as a standard 12 months 12 would, I’m nonetheless going to have the ability to go to uni and drive a automotive.”
Alex did properly within the 12 months 11 exams earlier than his accident, so on predictions of a excessive ATAR, Macquarie College made him an unconditional early provide for a level in well being sciences. “It’s been an enormous weight off,” he mentioned.
Regardless of lacking months of college, Alex sat his trial exams, and also will sit the HSC with relaxation breaks and a scribe to assist him write.
He’s additionally determining how he can get again on a motorcycle. “I attempted a hand cycle, which is fairly cool,” he mentioned. “I additionally went out to the wheelchair rugby and had a go there. I used to be simply practising, pushing the wheelchair.
“It was cool to go and watch all of them, and to talk to folks in comparable conditions. I may see what they’ll do. They’re all driving their very own automobiles, they’ve jobs, they take part in sport.”
Mrs Richter mentioned Alex’s household and associates had rallied round him, regardless that most, his siblings included, weren’t allowed to go to him in hospital because of COVID-19.
“He has been so optimistic, the entire method by. He’s by no means seemed again. He’s by no means questioned any damaging stuff,” she mentioned. “He’s been sensible, and my different two children have been my rocks as properly.
“We’re fairly sensible folks. We give attention to fixing an issue fairly than whingeing. There’s been a couple of issues to complain about.”
Alex’s associates have arrange a fundraising undertaking, Ride With Richter, to lift cash for tools he’ll want, similar to a transformed automotive, an electrical bike – which can give him day-to-day independence – and modifications to his home.
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Jordan Baker is Training Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald