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Jordi Vilaseca (paraplegic, Barcelona) began working as the Batec Mobility Export Manager two years ago. Before that, he was a translator. Because Jordi speaks English, German and Italian, in addition to Spanish and Catalan. However his love of languages was the fruit of a much deeper passion: Jordi loves to travel. He adores visiting new places and learning the ins and outs of other societies and cultures. He was undoubtedly the perfect candidate to join the team that would take the Batec handbikes to the world.

You’re part of the Batec International Team, which is the Batec team in charge of marketing Batec around the world. What do you like best about your job? And what’s the worst bit?

What I like best about my job is that it gives me the chance to discover new places, new people and to see the positive effect Batec handbikes have on people with disabilities, wherever they’re from.

The worst bit is that I spend a lot of time away from home and that throws me off my routine.

Which countries have you visited since you started working at Batec?

I’ve travelled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Germany, Sweden and now Australia. I’ve been back to most of them two or three times.

Do you always take your Batec handbike when you travel? What do you gain? Is it easy to manage, transport, travel with?

Indeed, I always take my Batec add-on handbike with me. And the truth is, it’s really handy when travelling. It’s very easy to transport and I always have it with me. Whether I’m catching a plane, train, taxi, etc., the Batec has become an essential travel companion. Plus, the BATEC PORTA makes it much more comfortable to carry my luggage.


australia the furthest our batec handbikes and batec international team have travelled


This month you’ve done what is surely the longest and furthest trip since you started working here. Travelling to Australia from Catalonia means going right to the other side of the world. Had you ever done such a long trip before? How long was the flight? Were you alone?

I’d never done such a long trip. It’s true that I’d been to Southeast Asia, but fifteen hours in the air now seems like nothing compared to the twenty-four hour flight to Australia. My travel companion on this trip was Ignasi Cortadellas, director of the International Department and part of the Batec International Team.

What was your goal for this trip? Did you achieve it? Are you satisfied?

The goal was to go to a couple of fairs with our distributors and visit the facilities of three partners we work with there. We also wanted to get a first-hand look at how Australian users react to our Batec add-on handbikes.

At the two fairs we attended it was practically the first time the Australian market got a look at our whole line of Batec handbikes and the users’ reactions were a total success. We exceeded our expectations and are really pleased.


australia the furthest our batec handbikes and batec international team have travelled


What does such a long flight mean for a paraplegic? Did you have to prepare physically and mentally in any way?

Travelling for so many hours in a row means you have to be mentally prepared for the fact that you’re going to be very still for a long time. And that you’ll have to make sure to move your legs as much as possible to activate your circulation and lift up your bum so you don’t get sores.

Did you get jet lag?

For me, personally, it was really bad. On previous trips to other continents I hadn’t had it as bad as this time. Both on the way over and once I got back.

Apart from that, how did it feel when you landed in Australia?

When I landed in Australia I felt like I was really far from home. I also saw that the distances there are much greater than here in Europe and that the country has a lot of green space.

What was your route around Australia?

We landed in Brisbane, two days later we flew to Melbourne and two days after that, to Sydney.


australia the furthest our batec handbikes and batec international team have travelled


In terms of accessibility, is the country accessible/adapted?

Yes, it’s a very accessible country. I even took a ferry and had no problems getting on with my wheelchair and BATEC ELECTRIC. However the beaches aren’t accessible.

What part of the country and the trip had the greatest impact on you?

I found the landscape stunning at The Twelve Apostles, the breath-taking cliffs in the state of Victoria.


australia the furthest our batec handbikes and batec international team have travelled


How does it feel to be so far from everything and everyone?

Luckily communications nowadays make it feel like you’re not so far away. And, also luckily, Australia is a developed country with everything you could need.

What advice would you give someone with a disability that wanted to go to Australia?

To make sure they’ve got the question of assistance at the airports covered and to not be shy in asking for whatever they need during the flight. And when checking in, when getting help, on the plane, etc. to always know where their wheelchair is and if they take their Batec handbike to remember it must always be attached to the chair when in transit. Oh, and not to forget their camera, he he!

Of all your trips (for work and pleasure), which did you like best? And which was the hardest?

It’s hard to choose just one, because each trip has its own special charm, whether for the landscapes, the people, the experiences, etc. Luckily I haven’t had a trip I would call hard yet.


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