Inspiration for a nation

Bonheur Cubahiro is featured in Gillian Armstrong’s film The Inspiring Story of Us.
Bonheur Cubahiro is featured in Gillian Armstrong’s film The Inspiring Story of Us.

Released on Australia Day and using amateur footage, The Inspiring Story of Us follows a diverse range of people throughout the course of a day.

Ms Horobin, who is hoping to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games team in the discus throw, was nominated for the Commonwealth Bank’s Australian of the Day campaign last year and approached to feature in the bank-commissioned film.

“It’s a complete honour and a real privilege to be a part of this with all the other people involved and their stories,” she said.

She, her husband and her coach spent several weeks filming and collected hours of footage to submit.

“It was very exciting; I hadn’t done anything like that before,” she said.

“I had to come out of my shell a bit.

“It’s a bit of a hard thing to do, to say positive things about yourself but then I realised, ‘Yeah, I am doing something pretty cool’.”

The 37-year-old, who had her lower leg amputated when she was 10, started to throw the discus in April 2013 and is ranked 16th in the world for her classification.

She is training hard for the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney at the end of March, where she hopes to qualify for this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“The next couple of months are very important,” she said. “It would be, and I have to believe it might happen, mind-blowing and life-changing. You can’t put a price on it.”

The other West Australian in the film is aspiring Australian Rules footballer Bonheur Cubahiro. The 11-year-old, who lives in Koondoola, is originally from Burundi in Africa.

Three years ago, Bonheur joined the Edmund Rice Centre Lions, which caters for youths from refugee, migrant and indigenous backgrounds, and is now the coach and captain of the Young Lions team.

“I feel like I’m free, I can do anything I want when I’m on the field,” he said.

Armstrong spent three months turning 55 hours of footage into a 23-minute documentary.

“The intimacy and honesty we have captured by piecing together these very personal stories has allowed us to create what I hope will be an unforgettable tapestry of the nation through film,” she said.

“You may pass someone on the street every day and have no idea of the life they lead, what they’ve been through and what they have achieved.”

The film can be seen at .