BEFORE he was involved in a car accident in 2007, Lincoln Budge had never played sport in his life.
But now, at age 23 and confined to a wheelchair, the Yackandandah man cannot get enough of the action on the sporting field.
As well as playing basketball, water skiing and planning to hit the slopes next winter, Mr Budge has entered into the hand cycle races as part of the Multisport Albury City 2009 this weekend.
It will be his first individual sporting event since the accident 18 months ago, and comes just days after Mr Budge was given his first opportunity to ride a hand cycle which was loaned to him this week.
“It was on and I thought why not,” he said.
“I’m throwing myself into any sporting opportunity at the moment and this one is local, so I thought I would just give it a go.”
Ironically, Mr Budge’s new found passion for sport has been spurred on by his disability, and his determination to “get on with life”.
“I never played a sport in my life and never had time for sport,” he said.
Mr Budge will compete in the 1.8km race on Saturday, as well as the 850m event on Sunday, as part of the multi-sport event at the river foreshore.