Just a bit about me to start with; I live in Warwickshire, I am visually impaired and I just taken up para-cycling…which I am loving!
I am one of four children and growing up I was treated no differently.
In primary and junior school I didn’t take part in P.E or after-school
activities due to my visual impairment. And when I was encouraged, it was always very difficult.
My non-involvement in physical activity wasn’t a personal choice, but pure lack of understanding amongst teachers.
It was only when I started secondary school that the world of disability sport was introduced to me. I will always remember saying ‘I
want to have a go at that’!!
I quickly got involved in many different sports, after-school and additional training sessions. Since the age of 12 sport has ruled my life!!
Getting yourself active doesn’t just mean ‘get fit’. Yes it is good for your physical health, but also your mental wellbeing and for socialising, which I feel is really key for those with a disability.
It is all important for disabled people to engage with and encourage non-disabled groups/organisations to be inspired, get involved and learn from us, the experts.
Not every disabled person is a Paralympian but we all have a golden
opportunity to get active, learn something new and discover hidden talents.
For years I competed in dressage, but in 2014 I sadly lost my very special horse to ill health. It’s taken me 2 years to find a new sport. I didn’t realise just how much being active really meant to me, the boost it gives you and what a journey it has and can be.
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