Project Walk also gave her the opportunity to meet people she could talk freely too.
“I felt good to be able to just talk to someone else that was going through what I was going through, that was a really healing thing for me.”
Tara was also supported by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) who gave her a handcycle and an assisted race chair to get her back into racing, albeit in a seated form.
“For anyone in a chair, there’s a different piece of equipment for each sport, and the equipment does cost a lot. For CAF to give me those pieces of equipment were huge, and helped me keep a good mental state and stay involved in sport, because to me sport was everything.”
Tara found doing anything again for the first-time post-accident really difficult. About a year after the Jeep King of the Mountain race she attended a mountain bike festival.
“I was pulled in two different directions. I was so glad to be back here in my community, but I also felt a sense of grief.”
Despite the pain Tara made a habit of going and putting herself in those uncomfortable situations as much as she could because over time it gets easier the more you do.
Not long later she met Aaron Baker, who had been in a chair for 10 years and was wise beyond his years.