Growing up in rural Queensland with cerebral palsy, Nigel Corish had an active childhood.

“I didn’t know any different. I was just a normal kid growing up,” he said.

But in his teenage years, the difference in what he could physically achieve compared to his friends started to become more apparent.

“I started to fall behind at sport and just couldn’t keep up physically with my friends,” Mr Corish said.

“That was the first time I realised that I had a disability, and it was going to affect me for the rest of my life.”

Nigel Corish said he was not able to accept himself and his condition until he turned 30.(ABC Landline)

Although initially drawn to the bright lights of the city, Mr Corish, now 40, runs broadacre properties between the border town of Goondiwindi and Condamine in southern Queensland.

“In my early 20s, I moved back to Goondiwindi and just found that small town community and sense of home too strong, and I’ve never left,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to grow up in a regional community.”

A journey of acceptance

Passionate about Australian agriculture, Mr Corish is also the managing director of New Leaf Ag farming and sits on the GrainGrowers board.

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