Sally Wenley was brought up in rural Hawkes Bay and excelled at sport – particularly hockey and athletics and then at the age of 16 a school bus crash left her a paraplegic.  Sally graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English.  While at Massey she was involved with the student newspaper and radio and also competed in rifle shooting.  Sally then gained a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and spent three years cutting her teeth in journalism at TVNZ, followed by a few years focusing on health news and issues at a doctors’ magazine.  Sally then moved to radio and worked for Radio NZ – covering murders, health board meetings, sport, court trials and floods, winning  four Qantas media awards for radio reporting.  After becoming a mother Sally freelanced and continues to do so – writing features and being on Radio NZ’s ‘The Panel’, as well as regularly reviewing books for its morning programme with Cathryn Ryan.  Sally’s career now has a parallel focus on governance, and she has been a director on the Occupational Therapy board, and the Ponsonby Community Centre.  Sally currently volunteers as a director on the National Riding for the Disabled Board and is deputy president for Spinal Support, which she will tell us more about.