Former world champion guest speaker at gala dinner

Former World Champion Ben Houlison will the guest speaker at the small business month gala dinner. Photo: Mudgee Guardian

Former World Champion Ben Houlison will the guest speaker at the small business month gala dinner. Photo: Mudgee Guardian

The Cowra Business Chamber is set to celebrate Small Business Month 2019 by hosting a gala dinner on Friday, October 18.

The evening will feature guest speaker, Ben Houlison.

Mr Houlisonis a champion adaptive rower and has represented Australia, winning bronze at the 2009 World Championships in Poland.

In 2004, Mr Houlison was working as a coal miner when he became paraplegic after a workplace accident.

He then took up wheelchair basketball, however found success with rowing a short time later.

By 2006, he became the NSW state champion shortly followed by Australian champion and then international success.

Mr Houlison has retired from the early mornings to focus on other pursuits including setting up his own business in cattle farming and wine growing.

He shares his story in the hope of teaching others about the impacts a work injury can have.

"Once you experience a workplace accident, you never want someone to go through what my family had to," he said.

This event is catered with a two course meal and entertainment after Ben's story.

The dinner kicks off at 6.30pm at the Cowra Civic Centre on Friday, October 18.

Tickets are available at here.