'I'M NOT ONE TO NOT DO ANYTHING': Kingaroy Aero Modelers Society vice-president Dean Eckart.
'I'M NOT ONE TO NOT DO ANYTHING': Kingaroy Aero Modelers Society vice-president Dean Eckart. Matt Collins

Life-changing accident no barrier for club vice-president

A LIFE-changing injury might be enough to stop some people in their tracks, but not Kingaroy's Dean Eckart.

Eckart broke his back in 2007 in a motorcycle accident.

But if it left a negative impact on his life, he hasn't shown it.

"I'm not one to not do anything,” Eckart said.

The vice-president of Kingaroy Aero Modellers Society (KAMS) has competed at the highest level of model flyers.

"It's a hobby I took up when I was walking,” he said.

"Fortunately, when I broke my back I was able to continue with it.”

The humble Eckart, who also rides a handcycle competitively, said he had to learn a new way of life after the accident.

"I basically had to start from scratch,” he said.

"I had to learn how to live again.

"Not just me, but all my family.”

He said aero model flying was a great hobby for all ages.

"It is a great get-together with guys from 8 to 80,” Eckart said.

The KAMS Weekend Fun Fly event will be held this weekend at KAMS Flying Field, 844 Booie Crawford Rd, Booie.

Members of the general public are invited to head along and have a go.

For more information, contact club president John Box on 0408 879 286.