Phil Hereen: Disability Mentor, Senior Australian of the Year
Phil Hereen was one of Australia 's most popular speedway drivers until a horrific crash in 1993 left him confined to a wheel chair.
After benefiting from the enduring support of his wife, family and the speedway fraternity, Phil understands what it's like for people who don't have a team to support them, so he fills that gap.
He's a volunteer peer support advocate, working side by side with injured people, giving them encouragement, inspiration, and hints on life in a wheelchair. He's a mentor to many sports people who have become disabled through accidents.
Phillip is also a volunteer facilitator helping youth in trouble for driving and other offences.