Randal Schober: A friend of those with spinal cord injuries

In 2009, he led HeadNorth in raising more than $413,000 for the SCI community through HeadNorth’s numerous events, including the HeadNorth Challenge, Bring it! Game on for Stem Cell Research, and its annual golf invitational.

That year alone, 43 individuals received more than $100,000 through grant programs that provide specialized wheelchairs, exercise equipment, and one-on-one physical therapy.

In addition to the grants, funds raised went to HeadNorth’s Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Project at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, which is studying the use of stem cells to treat chronic spinal cord injuries.

Schober holds a degree in physical education from the University of South Australia, a Master’s in science/human development, and a Doctor of Education in exercise physiology from West Virginia University.

Schober is an avid outdoorsman. He led a bootcamp class for eight years out of Frog’s Fitness Center on Hwy. 101, and can be found playing his guitar at Fletcher Cove on weekends.

What brought you to Solana Beach?

Like many Australians, I love to travel and in 1998 while on a West Coast tour of the U.S., I was fortunate enough to get off at the Solana Beach train station. Following a walk along the beach from Fletcher Cove to Del Mar, I was hooked. Soon after, I found a place just up the hill from the train station with an ocean view and made it my home.

What makes this town special to you?

The town has always been inviting and friendly. The community encompasses all I need to live an active and fulfilled lifestyle from the surf/beach and local restaurants/bars to the professional businesses, gyms and shops.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Clean up the fenced area across the 101 from the seaside surf break and replace it with an open park full of grass.

Who or what inspires you?

My spinal cord injury recipients and friends, who despite the challenges they face due to paralysis, live their lives with purpose and passion. I am constantly inspired by individuals who are optimistic and who view tough times as an opportunity for personal growth. They reflect one of my favorite quotes: ''The difference between a warrior and an ordinary man is that a warrior sees everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man sees everything as either a blessing or a curse.’' — Carlos Castaneda

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Jesus Christ would be at the head; my mum; Elle McPherson; Leonardo da Vinci; Mother Teresa; Benjamin Franklin; Ghandi and the Apostle Paul.

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

For professional growth, ‘“The Three Laws of Performance” by Zaffron/Logan and I’m re-reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen, and also, the Bible for personal growth.

What is your most-prized possession?

My mates and my passport that holds my U.S. Visa.

What do you do for fun?

Beach workouts and runs, surfing, snowboarding and golfing with mates and playing guitar.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

Building a sustainable non-profit organization and surrounding myself with amazing people.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

That God has an awesome plan for all of us!