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Congratulations to Endeavour Foundation employee Alex Baker, who is in the running for the Courage Medal as part of The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail Pride of Australia Medal 2014.
Alex is one of three Queensland finalists in the running for the Courage Medal.
"This is a wonderful achievement and a testament to Alex's strength of character, can-do attitude and sheer determination to live life to the fullest," Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said.
"Alex breaks down barriers and is proof that having a disability doesn’t limit your aspirations or what you can achieve in life."
"Alex is an inspiration to his family, friends and peers. On behalf of Endeavour Foundation, congratulations Alex!"
Born with autism and limited muscle tone and joint movement, and diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, Alex is an all-round sportsman, who plays tennis and has represented Australia in cricket; he is also a fine musician; and works five days a week at Endeavour Foundation.
"I am determined to minimise the impact my intellectual disability has on my career and life in general," Alex said.
"As far as courage goes, I've had some pretty challenging things, both mentally and physically, to overcome and I am determined not to let this affect any aspect of my life."
"I want to be the best man I can be, of as many abilities and strengths as possible."
Alex has had to overcome many battles with his disability and he is passionate about helping other people strive to be the best they can be. He co-facilitates and presents NDIS workshops in order to help others with a disability gain better understanding and knowledge, while sharing his personal experiences.
In the future Alex hopes to see people with a disability be given greater opportunities for open employment and to play in mainstream sport.
The Queensland Courage Medal winner will be announced this month. Each medallist honoured at a state level then has the opportunity to win the national medal in their category at the National Pride of Australia Medal Ceremony in Sydney later this year
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.
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