Sue Austin

It’s easy to take for granted the simple things in life.

Whether it's rolling out of bed, running for the bus, or hopping into a car, these are activities we do without having to think about it. But for some women, it's not as straight forward as it should be.

Life with a disability is often associated with restrictions and struggles - but this shouldn’t be the case.

These amazing women have been determined to break this stereotype. Instead they're surfing, scuba diving and even snowboarding in the Olympics

It’s very rare that we stop, take a moment and appreciate what we have and what we do, but after taking a look at these awe inspiring women we’re sure you will...

18 years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down.

Growing up in Australia, she’d always been active and nothing was going to stop her from dreaming of surfing.

It was her son’s friend, Ty Swan, who helped Pascale to live her dream and get her into the water.

The idea was simple, he would literally duct tape her to his back. Yes that’s right, duct tape.

An experienced surfer, Ty’s able to catch some pretty awesome waves, even with Pascale taped to his back.

This short film shows the sheer joy on Pascale’s face as she hits the water and proves that anything is possible. Sometimes all you need is a willing friend and a roll of duct tape…

Sue Austin is the woman behind the world’s first underwater wheelchair.

An extended illness meant Sue’s mobility was affected, causing her to rely on an electric wheelchair to get around.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, she decided to train as a disabled diver using fin gloves.

Scuba diving is thought of as positive, fun and adventure while wheelchairs are often considered the opposite, noted Sue.

So she decided to combine wheelchairs and scuba diving to challenge people’s preconceptions. We think that's pretty inspiring.

Aged just 19, Amy Purdy was suffering from flu-like symptoms when she was rushed into hospital.

Within days, she was on a life support machine and in a coma. Doctors gave Amy a 2 per cent chance of survival.

She was suffering from a bacterial infection, which led to both of her legs being amputated below the knee.

When she came round from the coma, she realise her life had changed forever - but it wasn't going to keep her down.

Amy started snowboarding when she was 15 years old. When she realised she couldn't find prosthetics that would work for snowboarding, Amy decided that she would just have to build her own.

Amy Purdy is best known for being a world class snowboarder and in 2014 became a Paralympic bronze medallist.

Just three months after surgery Amy entered herself into the USASA National Snowboarding Championship and claimed an amazing three medals in three events.

Since then, she went on to become a Paralympic bronze medallist at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

It wouldn’t be right not to include Bethany into this list of women. Her story is known world-wide, but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring.

Surfing is in Bethany Hamilton's blood - after growing up in Hawaii, surrounded by a family of surfers.

However, aged just 13 years old, Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing her home break in Hawaii, severing her left arm.

Just one month after the attack, Bethany was back in the water again, determined to become a professional surfer no matter what.

She even competed on the World Championship Tour coming 9th at the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal in 2010 - amazing considering she was only surfing with one arm.

Bethany’s determination to make her surfing ambitions come true is a story that shouldn’t be forgotten about any time soon.