Sharlene (or Shaz as she prefers) is doing her final year of high school, with a goal to become a lawyer and fight for disability rights.
She captained a team of eight at the last camp I went on.
She is about to participate in and raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital's Run for the Kids - she will be getting out of her wheelchair to walk and run the five km track. The training she's done for the run is amazing, so dedicated. She's raised over $700 so far! You can sponsor her here. Here she is doing the 2010 Run for the Kids:
And last week she represented her local area and the state of Victoria at Parliament House in Canberra. She met the Governor-General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC.
Shaz has cerebral palsy, but she doesn't let it stop her continual aspiration for excellence.
This girl's going places! I am so proud of her.
We have had many chats at camp, and I am so glad I got to meet this wonderful, driven young lady. She inspires and influences everyone she encounters. I encouraged her to start a blog, and on it she writes brilliant posts about her achievements.
Shaz gave me permission to share her story with my blog readers.
You can read her full blog entry about meeting the Governor General here.
And while you're there, check out the other entries she has written.
My friend Shaz is a reminder that we can do anything, and we will do anything when we put our minds to it, no matter our adversities.
Keep reaching for the stars Shaz. You're a force to be reckoned with.