Mel Harrison is the Founder of Sitting Low; Reaching High - capturing how Mel lives her life, starting at the bottom and always conquering a challenge to climb higher, while always using resilience to push through when barriers are in the way by making the impossible, possible.
Mel is based in Sydney but has provided motivational speaking and education for over a decade and is blogging to break down barriers and explore all aspects of life including adaptive fitness, travel, work and recreation; showing that you never know someone’s ability until you give them the opportunity to explore it. Mel uses personal anecdotes and humour to engage her audience either through training, presentations or within her writing.
Mel has lived with her disability since she was 14, a disability which requires her to use a manual wheelchair. Mel has had a lifetime of medical problems which has resulted in many surgeries and hospital stays but this has never stopped Mel living life and challenging herself to grow.
Diversity and inclusion is a huge passion for Mel as she strives to break down barriers, remove stereotypes about people with disability and show that there is ability within everyone. Mel challenges the idea of labels, as she has never fit a typical label or defined herself as being disabled. Instead the wheelchair is an added feature in her life which enables her to move freely.
Mel thrives on being challenged and has travelled Australia wide and experienced many adventures such as sailing from Tasmania to Sydney, France to Holland, skiing, camping, bushwalks and has travelled around the world to have adventures such as climbing the Acropolis.
Mel has a passion in helping others by using her own her personal experiences within her blogging and her talks hoping to help as many people with and without disability as possible in challenging themselves when faced with the unknown or what seems impossible. Mel is committed in helping people view diversity and inclusion in a positive light, while empowering people with disability to feel included whether it is through recreation, social, sport, travel, education or work.