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Hazardgirl's Bio



Hazardgirl - Born April 20th 1982. Born prematurely 3 months early, spending the first 7 weeks of her life in a humidicrib.
At 10 months of age her family knew that there was something wrong.

Hazardgirl’s legs had stiffened and become very rigid. She was then subsequently diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. She had been born with this because of her premature birth however it hadn’t become known til 10 months of age.

At the age of 5 Hazardgirl begun attending school. She attended a special needs school for the disabled where kids with disabilities could have access to physios and specialist Dr’s who visited the school on a regular basis so that the kids could have treatment for their varying disabilities whilst in the school environment.

At the age of 7 Hazardgirl had her first operation. This was done on her feet and calves to help ease the spasticity and pain in her feet and to enable to walk “flat footed” for the first time.

At 11 she then went on to have yet another operation. This time on her hamstrings, again to ease the spasticity and pain within these muscles. This operation was the most painful one that she had faced so far. This was because Hazardgirl had to be in full length leg plasters for 7 weeks to allow the muscles to heal. This was extremely painful in itself.

After the 7 weeks had passed and the plasters were removed, Hazardgirl endured daily physio sessions to help her recover from the operation. During the recovery period however, during each session she faced undue torture. This was because her stepfather had taken it upon himself to place hankies inside her mouth in an attempt to stop her from screaming from the pain. He’d also tied her legs together by her shoes to try to prevent her from moving.

Thankfully though Hazardgirl was able to remove the hankies from her mouth with her left hand. If she hadn’t of managed to remove them when she did she would’ve died.

At the age of 12.5 her mum gave birth to her baby brother Steven (born 18 January 1995). Steven was a welcome addition to the family. However at this same time Hazardgirl’s stepfather (Steven’s dad) had started to sexually abuse her almost on a daily basis. He also made her endure torment from physical and emotional abuse in fact Hazardgirl endured every form of abuse possible all this while trying to attend school so that she was able to get herself an education. On 19 May 1998 Hazardgirl’s mother gave birth to a baby girl – Melanie.

Even though Hazardgirl already had enough her plate with attending school and being subjected to what seemed to be never ending moments of torment and abuse, Hazardgirl took it upon herself to assist her mother in helping to raise and nurture Steven and Melanie who were her younger Brother and Sister.

When Steven had started preschool however it became evident that something wasn’t quite right for her brother Steven. After visits to the Dr for some tests and an official diagnosis, it was found that Steven had been suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome – an autism spectrum disorder.

Hazardgirl and her mother did their best to assist Steven throughout his early school years with his learning and to help him achieve his best.

On March 1 2000, Hazardgirl with the help of a friend was finally able to escape the abuse of her stepfather and go to somewhere safe so that she was able to move on with her life as best she could. The abuse at the hands of her stepfather went on from 1995 – 2000. Upon her escape she went straight to the police to tell them of her situation.


It was then decided that she should take her stepfather to court in the hope that would get punished for what he had done to her. Any way to cut a long story short, after going through 2 court trials, etc all the while Hazardgirl endured taunts from the press etc, Jail time for her stepfather wasn’t to be. He got let off. He’s now a free man. If the courts had been successful in getting a conviction, Hazardgirl’s stepfather would’ve received a 40 year jail term.

In 2001 after speaking with her college Hazardgirl was given permission to repeat year 12 so that she was able to achieve better grades etc because of the fact that when she was in year 12 the first time, she had to miss a lot of school due to the court cases. During this time Hazardgirl also had to undergo another operation on her legs due to her CP.

After completing year 12 the second time around, Hazardgirl went on to major in Music and Legal Studies and also went on to become the schools most outstanding sportsperson. This was because Hazardgirl competed in sports for athletes with a disability outside of school hours.

From 1997 - 2005, Hazardgirl was a member of the "Athletes With A Disability" squad. She competed at various events and competitions throughout Brisbane, Sydney and of cause Canberra. Competing in the F34 classification - for athletes with Cerebral Palsy or an acquired brain injury - Hazardgirl competed at these various events doing Discus, Shot Putt & Javelin. At her very first competition for the squad, Hazardgirl came away with her very first lot of medals for all 3 of her events and they of cause all GOLD. Because of this too it also meant that Hazardgirl had become the Australian record holder for all 3 events. Throughout this time, Hazardgirl went on to win more and more medals with every competition that she went to.

Although mostly winning GOLD throughout her sports career, she did bring home some SILVER & BRONZE medals too. In 2000, upon turning 18 Hazardgirl was then able to compete as an "open age athlete" - continuing to compete at the many events and competitions, her strength and determination as an athlete just kept getting better and better, thus bringing home with her more and more medals and of cause breaking more and more records too. Hazardgirl also went on to become the "open age champion" in Australia for these events in the F34 classification.

Not long before retiring, however, Hazardgirl, due to a change in function and range of motion, was reclassified as a F33, also for people with CP and ABI. Hazardgirl continued to win medals and break more and more records until her retirement in March 2005. 

This was because it was found that she had developed a severe spinal condition, in fact it was multiple. After Consulting with her Dr’s and specialists, Hazardgirl was told that she had Osteoarthritis, Spondylosis & Scoliosis all in the lower lumbar part of her spine. Dr’s had ordered her straight away to cease her sport and to undergo and operation to ease the stress, strain and pain on her spine.

In April 2006 the first spinal fusion along with a spinal laminectomy was performed. This wasn’t to be a success because the graft/fusion didn’t take thus causing 2 of the screws to come loose. So after another review and discussion with the specialist, Hazardgirl underwent another spinal fusion in October of that year.

The second fusion however was a lot more invasive and intense. This was because bone from the hip along with steroidal bone powder which when wet sets hard like concrete had to be used.

Due to the fusion Hazardgirl is now wheelchair bound and able to walk only a few steps with assistance.

In 2002 – 2003, Hazardgirl attended the CIT tafe to do studies in the area of music. Her time there was like hell. The Head of Department in the Music area had made her life hell by not giving her assistance to complete the classes with her class mates, and by not providing sufficient disabled access to the building for her.

To add insult to injury with the CIT if you failed one assignment you failed the whole course. The stress and torment that Hazardgirl had received whilst at the CIT had caused her to want to attempt suicide by overdosing on medication. After leaving the tafe, she later found out that the HOD had been saying horrible things about her to other staff members and students. He had said to a fellow staff member that Hazardgirl’s disability had tarnished his reputation and that she was a brat etc just for asking for extra help in her classes.


Never fear – These operations and the bullying didn’t stop her from doing what her inner passion and her first love was & is – MUSIC.

She did everything possible to help her achieve her new goals and direction in life. Hazardgirl has had 13 years of vocal lessons and has also gone on to achieve a Certificate 3 in news media as well as a certificate in public relations and events management. Both achieved in 2008. These were achieved through distance education, studying at home at her own pace.

Over the years since 2001 through going to various concerts etc Hazardgirl has had the chance to meet with and become friends with other artists and industry professionals. This of cause has been of tremendous support and encouragement to Hazardgirl and also given her a wealth of knowledge along the way too.

Some of the artists that Hazardgirl has met over the years and that have inspired her
as a singer/songwriter/performer include the likes of Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Bob Rodgers, Mahalia Barnes, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Jasmine Rae, Karl Broadie, Drew McCalister, Rose Carleo, Katie Brianna, Katrina Burgoyne, Kevin Bennett and his band - "THE FLOOD", Melinda Schneider, Steve Balbi, Simon Meli, Ashleigh Mannix and many many more.

Her biggest influence/s though  however have been, Kasey Chambers and her father Bill as well as Bob 'Uncle Roy' Rodgers. Having loved Kasey's music and
her voice ever since she first her heard her in 2001, Hazardgirl has been a "true die hard fan" ever since.

"I was drawn to Kasey and her music because of the ways she writes her music and the fact that she writes about life's experiences, everytime I hear her sing, I
feel as if it's my life too" says Hazardgirl. Her voice is just "pure bliss", the tones and the way that she sings is just second to none.

Her Father Bill has been extremely supportive of her also, saying to her once after doing a show with his daughter Kasey, he said " If anyone tells ya ya crap or that ya can't do something, tell em to go shove it and don't ever listen to em"

There have been many times in her life where hazardgirl has had to use the advice given to her from Bill and she's proud of it. People have and will continue to think that because of her disability Hazardgirl won't be able to make it within the music industry. And Just like Kasey, despite being told by others within the industry to do it their way, Hazardgirl has continued to forge her way and make her career succeed her way and will continue to do so until the end.

Bob 'Uncle Roy' Rodgers has also been extremely supportive of Hazardgirl and her music as well. In early 2006 prior to Hazardgirl going into hospital for surgery, as a present for Hazardgirl, he had written a song titled "Hazardgirl". In it he sings about all that she wants IS to be called 'hazardgirl' and that she lives for her music and that she doesn't need a man and a ring on her finger to keep her happy in life and the she enjoys and loves the support from her Pseudo Uncle, Uncle Roy as well as her dear friend Bill Chambers and that she sees them as her special friends.
  
In July 2009 Hazardgirl begun her own home based business – Hazardgirl Promotions – putting to use her skills and knowledge that had gained when studying through home school. As it says on her website – Hazardgirl promotes music with attitude, passion and soul. Hazardgirl very much enjoys what she does in helping to promote the music of the artists that she works with in every way possible. Through her business Hazardgirl does everything that is involved in the area of promotion.

Through her music in many ways more than one, despite her disability and dispite what people may think of her, Hazardgirl is a force to be reckoned with forging her way to the top to enable herself to stand out from the rest. Hazardgirl does not see her disability/conditions as a hindrence. And although her childhoood and teenage years were extremely traumatic and stressful, Hazardgirl believes that these experiences have made her a stronger and better person.

Hazardgirl also works extremely hard to assist other promoters and managers around her home town of Canberra Australia to promote events/gigs and festivals to ensure that they are a success. Hazardgirl is currently studying Freelance Journalism with Cengage Education (distance education) so that she is able to branch out further to write articles on music and sports.

If you would like to contact Hazardgirl or to find out more about what she does, then please feel free to go to any of the links below.


Thanx for reading and for your continued support of Hazardgirl. It is greatly appreciated.

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