Peter Freckleton

I commenced on the PPV Board in February 2018.

At the age of 6, I was hit by a speeding taxi , resulting in a broken thigh bone and a lengthy spell in traction. I contracted polio while learning to stand again.

Initially, I had almost total paralysis, being unable to move my limbs or lift my head. After being sprung from Fairfield Hospital, I regained upper body strength, but the legs remained paralysed, so since then I have needed two callipers and crutches to get around.

I studied Law/Arts at Melbourne Uni and was a tutor at Monash and Melbourne. Subsequently I was granted a French government scholarship and obtained a doctorate from the University of Paris.

On returning to Australia, I became a barrister at the Victorian Bar, which has been my main profession, later branching into French legal translation.

I joined the Board of PostPolioVictoria (PPV) after meeting people involved in it, and, was impressed by its work for polio survivors, which is going from strength to strength.