In 2007 Bryce Dinneen broke several vertebrae after he dived into shallow water on Wellington harbour and spent 11 months in Burwood Spinal Unit.
Unable to move from the chest down Bryce thought the thing he most enjoyed in life was now out of reach.
But a day out in a friend’s boat made him realise that where there is a will there is a way.
Bryce has taken his passion for fishing and created a charitable trust called Wish for Fish - creating opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of being out on the water.
Nine years on from his tragic accident, he’s now been selected as one of three finalists for the Entrepreneur Award, which Westpac is proud to sponsor, at the 2016 Attitude Awards on November 29.
The inspirational awards ceremony includes eight different categories showcasing and celebrating artists, sportsmen and women, people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health issues - young and old.
The aim of the event is to shine a spotlight on the disability sector, and draw attention to the one in four New Zealanders who live with disability.
It also pays tribute to the employers who work alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are able to contribute their skills to society and live full and satisfying lives.
The other two finalists in the Entrepreneur Award category are Genevieve McLachlan and John Burton.
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