It has been a whirlwind couple of months for well-known Kyneton local and disability advocate, Hayden Walsh, following the launch of his biography, If I Can, You Can.
A recent appearance on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 resulted in a spike in online book sales, earning the book a Number 1 Best Selling status on Amazon Books in the Physical Impairment category.
“It was a fun night appearing on the show with Nathan Buckley and being interviewed by Mark Robinson and Gerard Whateley,” Hayden said.
“I’m loving doing my bit to be a role model and help encourage young children with cerebral palsy.”
Hayden was on the Fox Footy show with Nathan Buckley, who provided the foreword for If I Can, You Can. The pair met at the Royal Children’s Hospital when Hayden was a young boy about to undergo serious hip surgery.
Nathan Buckley spoke of Hayden’s optimism, tenacity and resilience as the qualities he most admired in the Kyneton local.
Wearing his Kyneton Football Netball Club apparel, Hayden sent a shout out to everyone in Kyneton who had supported him over the years that he had been timekeeper for the Kyneton Senior’s football team.
Hayden encouraged anyone living with disabilities, saying that by grabbing opportunities with both hands you can make a good life.
Hayden will join author Karen O’Sullivan to speak about the book at the Kyneton Library on Tuesday May 31 at 4pm. Bookings for the free event can be made at www.eventbrite.com.au
If I Can, You Can is available at Aesops Attic Bookstore, Sizzlin’ Sensations butcher, Cookie Crumbs and Home Grown cafes in Kyneton, www.icoe.com.au and amazon books online. Hayden receives all profits from book sales.