About Tracy


Tracy Barrell is an inspiring, informative and hillarious keynote speaker. She entertains her audiences by providing a frank and extraordinary account of her life journey "One arm, One skateboard, One me".

I was born without legs or an arm, I live a very fulfilled life. I see myself as a person living with a difference, it’s people’s perceptions or facilities that put the Dis in My Abilities. I’m a dual Gold medalist, Order of Australia Medal holder and a mother of two wonderful boys!
— Tracy Barrell

Touching on her heartfelt challenges and inspiring triumphs, Tracy will take your participants on a discovery about disability awareness, overcoming social stigmas, achieving a can-do attitude, and her greatest challenge of all: motherhood. Hear the unique story of an amazing woman - from beginnings where ‘no you can’t’ seemed the given, to a life of ‘yes I can!'

Despite the odds, Tracy grew up attending mainstream school and participated in activities such a horse riding, swimming, abseiling, caving and canoeing.

With a can do attitude, and a resilient mind set it was no surprise that as a teenager Tracy was selected to represent Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics.She won two Gold Medals in swimming and recieved an Order of Australia Medal in 1993 for my outstanding contribution to swimming.

During 2013, the Minister appointed Tracy as a Living Life My Way Ambassador. This was an iniative to support Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).This enabled Tracy to share her story across the country inspiring others to embrace possibility in life and to raise community awareness.

Tracy is famously known for scooting around town with 'One Arm, One Skateboard, and One Me'. She loves to share her life story about her trials and tribulations to audiences. She strives to educate students, businesses and community groups about people living with a difference, and to close the gap between the two. Tracy draws from her personal use of disabled facilities to educate people about the practical side of usingthese facilities and she strives to instigate change within the wider community.

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