Darren Lomman

Innovative engineer

2007 WA Young Australian of the Year

Darren Lomman makes dreams come true. A chance meeting with someone who had lost the use of his legs set Darren on a course that consumed him for more than two years. The injured motorcross rider he met had one wish – to ride again. So this young engineering student designed and built a motorcycle for paraplegic riders that won him an award for his innovative contribution to biomedical engineering. His hand-controlled motorbike is the first of its kind to be registered for road use and now, along with final year engineering students, he is working on a hovercraft and a ski boat. Darren founded the Disabled Recreation Club, enabling people with disabilities to socialise in a non-competitive sporting environment, and set up a trust that funds other equipment design projects for people with disabilities. Darren clearly follows his own advice – make the dreams of today become the opportunities of tomorrow.