Wade Bennett’s life changed forever when he was involved in a 180km/h waterskiing accident 22 years ago.
‘‘I found my lifelong friends skiing on the Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton and up on the Murray River in Moama,” the ex-Shepparton resident said.
But on April 16, 1995, at the age of 23, Mr Bennett competed in the Mildura 100 and ‘‘everything that could possibly go wrong’’ in a water ski race did.
The next thing Mr Bennet remembered was waking up in the Royal Adelaide Hospital 17 days later.
Mr Bennett had ‘‘ripped open’’ his body from his stomach to his groin region.
‘‘My bladder, bowel and intestines were all outside of my body and in my wetsuit,’’ he said.
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