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IT’S time to celebrate! Hayden Marshall is
coming home, and you’re invited to join the
party at Handstands for Hayden this Sunday,
March 26 at Newhaven College.
Just six months ago at age 16, Hayden was
living his dream life.
Years of dedication to his sporting pas-
sion, gymnastics, had rewarded him with a
gold medal on the horizontal bar at the Vic-
torian Championships, he was a gymnastics
coach with the YMCA in Cowes, and could see
a bright future for himself in the gymnastics
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Hayden
was involved in a horrific accident at his home.
While practicing gymnastics skills on his
trampoline, Hayden lost control and landed
awkwardly on his neck. He fractured four
bones in his neck, which caused damage to his
spinal cord, and he was immediately airlifted
to the Alfred Hospital for a seven-hour surgery.
Hayden is currently paralysed from the chest
Hayden’s Road to Recovery
Committed to an ongoing intensive rehabili-
tation program, Hayden has spent much of the
past six months living at the Royal Talbot Re-
habilitation Centre in Kew. He has transferred
his gymnastics training discipline to his reha-
bilitation program with great determination
Hayden, his family and specialists, all believe
Hayden can regain more function in his body
with continued hard work and treatment.
Hayden will finally come home to Rhyll on
March 23, but his long road to recovery does
not end there.
On April 3, Hayden will commence a three -
week stint of neuro -physics at a specialist cen-
tre on the Gold Coast.
The outcome of that treatment will deter-
mine whether Hayden will then travel to the
USA for further therapy.
There are endless expenses associated with
Hayden’s treatment that include wheelchairs,
renovations to the family home to allow wheel-
chair access, car modifications, constant trav-
el for treatment and check-ups, and the list
goes on. Spinal trauma is one of the most ex-
pensive conditions in the medical field.
Handstands for Hayden
Hayden has always dreamed of holding a
world record. When local organisations that
the Marshall family is involved with includ-
ing Phillip Island Nature Parks, YMCA Phillip
Island, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm,
Phillip Island Scouts and Newhaven College
got together to discuss a fundraising effort
for Hayden, it was decided that an attempt to
break the world record for the number of peo -
ple simultaneously performing a handstand
was appropriate, and Handstands for Hayden
This Sunday, Newhaven College’s oval will be
filled with kids’ activities including an abseiling
tower, graffiti wall, jumping castles, giant slide,
billy carts and plenty more, all free of charge
with admission. Renowned duo The Pierce
Brothers will headline the entertainment pro-
gram that will include The Laing Brothers, DJ
BANDO and Newhaven College bands.
YMCA Phillip Island is offering a unique way
to begin the day. ‘Wheels for Hayden’ departs
the Phillip Island YMCA to travel the 6.5km to
Newhaven College on wheels! Cycle, scoot or
skate, it’s up to you, just visit www.phillipis-
land.ymca.org.au to register.
A classic car and motorcycle show ‘n’ shine
will add even more wheels to the day’s enter-
tainment and of course there will be excel-
Handstands for Hayden this Sunday
Hayden loves Fox FM Radio presenters
Hamish and Andy so much that his par-
ents had to buy a radio so he could listen to
their daily broadcast while in intensive care.
When Andy Lee heard the story, he dropped
into the Alfred Hospital to visit, but Hayden
was out at the World Cup gymnastics. Andy
grabbed Hayden’s trophy, the ‘Hayden Mar-
shall Award’ that will be presented by his
gymnastics club, the Mornington Youth Club,
in Hayden’s honour to a gymnast who tri-
umphs over hardship and sent him this fun
Right back at you Andy, Hayden and his
dad, Ian, spent over an hour re-creating
Andy’s shot, complete with Hamish Blake
bobble head doll alongside, and sent it back
to Andy. The response from Andy Lee? Leg-
end! One reason why it took so long to re-
create Andy’s pose is that Hayden cannot do
a ‘thumbs up’. Can you spot the fishing wire
tied from his thumb up to the curtain rail
Handstands for Hayden Program
11.45am - YMCA ‘Wheel’s for Hayden’ de-
parts YMCA Phillip Island
12pm - The party starts at Newhaven
College, 1770 Phillip Island Road.
12pm – 2.30
DJ BANDO, Newhaven
College Bands, The Laing Brothers
2.30pm – Grand Auction
3–3.30pm – Handstands for Hayden re-
3.30pm – The Pierce Brothers
12–5.30pm – Free with entry: en-
tertainment, classic car & motorcycle
show’n’shine, abseiling, mini golf, bowling,
wet sponge throw, jumping castles, bun-
gee run, graffiti wall, billy carts, inflatable
slide, catapults, spider web.
lent food – wood fired pizza, spit roast, sushi,
baked potatoes, sausage sizzle, really good cof-
fee, Devonshire tea, a licensed bar and loads
Donations for the grand auction have been
flooding in to Newhaven College.
Major prizes include a 55 inch TV, $350 bed-
ding package, Silverwater Resort two-night ac-
commodation package, three intricate hand-
made quilts valued at over $250 each, a quirky
ceramic puppy donated by ceramic artist Marj
Reni’, Amaze ‘n’ things passes, Phillip Island
Nature Parks passes, gift vouchers and more
donations are arriving every day.
Auctioneer Greg Price will send them all un-
der the hammer at 2.30pm.
Tickets and Donations
Entry is $25 for adults or $10 students and
includes free entertainment and activities.
Tickets are available online at www.ne -
whavencol.vic.edu.au/about/events or you can
purchase at the gate. If you can’t come, you
can make a donation via the ticket website
Handstands for Hayden is a fundraising
event, so bring along your cash and have fun
with your own family whilst helping Hayden
and his family.
Dress for the weather, bring along your
friends and family, a picnic rug and some
chairs to settle in for the day and soak up the
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