The top 3 difficulties faced by leg amputees are:
This blog is about how disability sport has impacted on my life.
My story starts off a little differently to most other disabled athletes, I was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia of the left leg. I first started out at an Able-bodied swimming club whilst I was living in S.H.A.P.E, Belgium.
I started quite late as a swimmer only taking up the sport at 11. It was one of my coaches that who asked me, “why don’t you try disabled swimming”, I was probably taken aback by that comment, as
I thought “why would I compete with disabled people when I am able within reason to compete with my able-bodied peers.” Maybe it was me being a typical teenager and not wanting to conform or maybe as I see it now looking back at it, perhaps I was looking down on disability sport.
This is part 1 of a series of blogs I will be doing on strength and conditioning for leg amputees.
In this first blog, I will give a little background on myself, I have a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia of the left leg. Having been born with a disability, I have had to adapt to things along the way. Learning and implementing ways I could do things, the other able-bodied children took for granted.
This is quite a good topic for discussion at this present time with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics coming up in the next few weeks and the Russians making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
As a former elite athlete myself, I think it’s good that they are starting to give out harsher penalties for drug cheats. I read a BBC Sports post this afternoon stating that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has not banned the whole Russian team from the Olympics.