Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Karate Chop Deals Woman Cruel Blow

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Karate Chop Deals Woman Cruel Blow

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Byline: Jim Campbell jim.campbell @thechronicle.com.au

WHEN Heather Elwell attended a personal development seminar two years ago, she hoped she would learn skills that would change her life for the better.

Instead, she left with a fractured wrist after being pressured into an exercise where she was expected to break a wooden board using a karate chop.

The former dressage champion and accomplished African drum performer was left with a permanent injury that two years later still prevents her from doing the things she used to love to do.

Shine Lawyers launched a successful claim on behalf of Ms Elwell against Success & You, the company that ran the seminar.

"I wasn't comfortable with what was being asked of me (at the seminar), but I went against my better judgement because I felt pressured," she said.

Resulting in a substantial impairment to her dominant right hand, the high level of pain in her wrist has made it difficult to drive and type on a computer. …

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