Craig

quadriplegic

Craig

CRASH FILE:

  • 1 August 1981, Southern Cross, WA. Aged 16.
  • 125cc Honda motocross bike
  • Broke C5/6 vertebra (neck)

Craig, 45, is thoughtful, tough and steady

Craig was a motocross champion when he was injured at 16 during a major competition in WA. As he lay in his hospital bed staring at the ceiling, he couldn’t even lift up his hand if it spasmed onto his face. 

Since that time, Craig has achieved dramatic professional and personal success: he is an owner/ partner in Parsons Management Group and is married with a daughter. 

Craig faces some unique challenges on the ride. As a quadriplegic, he can’t even grip his handlebars. The physical difficulties he faces on the trip are multiplied compared to the others’. Jim, Anton and Terry have full use of their arms while Craig does not. 

It takes him 20 minutes each morning to get dressed as he lies on the floor and uses his teeth to help him shuffle into his clothes. He is an inspirational hero in the quad world, known around the scene as ‘Superquad’. 

Riding is in Craig’s blood. For him, this trip is all about the ride, feeling alive and recapturing the freedom of his past. But this ride will go well beyond the easy suburban streets of Fremantle: the riders must endure mud, dirt, fatigue, deserts and floods, taking Craig’s endurance to the limit. Will the freedom Craig yearned for on his quad bike be an inspiration, or a disaster?

  • AGAINST THE GRAIN PRESENTS, THE RIDE, A FILM BY SANDRA COOK - CRAIG PARSONS, JIM CAIRNS, ANTON ZAPPELLI, TERRY MADER - CINEMATOGRAPHY BY CONAN FITZPATRICK, SOUND RECORDIST ROB STANKOVICH, EDITED BY TIM WOODHOUSE - OFFLINE EDITOR ELENDIL ARCHER, ONLINE EDITOR ERFAN KHADEM, MUSIC BY ROBERT CLARK, SOUND DESIGNER JOHN BRIDGES - ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS SCOTT BRYAN & MARCEL PETRIG & SCOTT LANE & IAN GREEN - TITLES & GRAPHICS BY HACKETT FILMS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JIM CAIRNS & SUSAN MACKINNON - DIRECTED BY SANDRA COOK, PRODUCED BY SANDRA COOK