Australia Day

26 January 2015

277 days to go

Phil Hereen

Disability Mentor, Senior Australian of the Year 2007

Phil Hereen was one of Australia 's most popular speedway drivers until a horrific crash in 1993 left him confined to a wheel chair.

After benefiting from the enduring support of his wife, family and the speedway fraternity, Phil understands what it's like for people who don't have a team to support them, so he fills that gap.

He's a volunteer peer support advocate, working side by side with injured people, giving them encouragement, inspiration, and hints on life in a wheelchair. He's a mentor to many sports people who have become disabled through accidents.

Phillip is also a volunteer facilitator helping youth in trouble for driving and other offences.