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"Give it a Go" 2016

This was my second year of taking part in GIAG. What a fantastic weekend it was!  The first year for me was a little difficult for me because I was still coming to terms what had happened to me. Meeting old faces again and new faces made the experience something special. On one of the obstacle courses, I was stuck. I was about 10 meters up in the air. I didn’t want to fall. I wanted to complete the course but I had used up all my energy, I had no more inside of me. I was sweating. Ahead of me was my amputee mate encouraging me. He gave me the encouragement I needed to soldier on.  It made me realize even when life gets tough, you can still move forward with guidance and determination.
Thank you GIAG for making this happen. Thank you GIAG for bringing us together from all over NZ.
There are two things I have found great with losing a limb.
2. Disabled parking.
Thanks for making this happen.
—Matt Bryson

This was my 4th GIAG event. I always enjoy getting together with people like me who are missing limbs, we always get along and have heaps to talk about. It’s great chatting about our problems we have in everyday life and how we can overcome them. I really enjoy the activities as its amazing to show the world what we can really do! Meeting everyone at these events has to be the best part so I thank all of the people who make this event possible as it can really help people come to terms with an amputation and learn how to embrace it and not hide it!
—Anna Grimaldi

GIAG is always a weekend to look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, no matter what the activities are or which town we all have a great weekend away with lots of laughs and great memories to take home with us. Thankyou to everyone who helps this weekend happen.
—Abby Morse
Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to attend the conference. Was an absolute eye opening and life changing experience, that I would love to be a part of in the future if given the chance. To be honest, I enjoyed everything about the weekend. Meeting both young and old amputees and hearing their stories and how they coped with their amputation and how well they are doing. Was the first time I had attended the conference and being the new one in the group I felt that they included me in everything and I got to know them pretty well. It has changed me immensely as an individual. Seeing what others can do or have done with their amputation just pushes me to the same and more. I am very thankful to all involved in making this event take place. Thank you very much.
—Thomas Cross
This years GIAG held in Christchurch was filled with fun and challenging activities including horse riding, jet boating and climbing through the trees at adrenaline forest. My favourite activitywas the high wire course at adrenaline forest as I had never done anything like it before, it challenged me to overcome my fears of heights and being able to see others do things they thought they would never be able to do was really cool.. During the GIAG weekend I was able to reconnect with some old friends as well as make new ones. Being given the opportunity to be around other likeminded individuals to share experiences is one thing that I highly value through the GIAG weekend, being able to share your experiences and problems with others that have been through similar circumstances is pretty cool. Every year that I have gone to the GIAG weekend I have enjoyed it and made many new friends, including this year.
—Holly Robinson
This GIAG in Christchurch was so much fun. Meeting new people to talk about our own life experiences, new and exciting activities – it was amazing. The activities were incredible. The horse riding was very cool. They are so big but gorgeous. The jet boat riding was my favourite – it went so fast and was fantastic. The adventure course was very scary and challenging. I’m stoked that I tried it and completed the first level. If I hadn’t gone to GIAG I would never get to experience these kinds of wonderful activities. It’s very nice to meet new people, catch up with old friends and have lots of fun. Such a one in a life time opportunity – so Thank you so much.
—Rosanna Paine

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