Life is a journey filled with obstacles, but through these challenges, we uncover our true potential. As a T54 wheelchair racer, I’ve faced numerous hurdles, the most recent being a knee injury that has significantly impacted my training. Today, I share my story of overcoming adversity to inspire you to rise above your challenges with resilience and determination. 

Imagine facing 32 surgeries by the age of 20, each one a battle against the odds. This is my reality, and it’s shaped me into the person I am today. Growing up in a wheelchair, I faced bullying and isolation in years 5, 6, and 7. These experiences tested my spirit, but instead of letting them define me, I chose to use them as fuel for my inner fire. Each setback became a stepping stone toward becoming stronger and more determined. 

Every surgery brought its own set of challenges and recovery periods. Yet, through each one, I found the strength to persevere. These experiences have shaped me into the resilient person I am today, teaching me the value of patience, persistence, and a positive mindset.

A recent knee injury has presented a new challenge. As an athlete, training is my lifeline, my pathway to achieving greatness.

When this injury struck, it felt like the ground beneath me shifted. However, adversity is not a dead end; it’s an opportunity to adapt and grow. 

To minimize transfers from my day chair to the floor, I adapted my gym workouts to be performed in my chair. Using resistance bands and kettlebells, I focus on upper body strength and core stability. Adaptation is key to progress. Working with my team (track coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionist and physio), I’ve developed a rehabilitation plan that nurtures healing while maintaining strength. This journey isn’t about speed; it’s about steady, mindful progress. I’ve ventured into low-impact activities like swimming, which keep me active without straining my knee. When one door closes, another opens – sometimes in unexpected places. 


What have I learnt? 

Physical challenges often mirror the battles we fight within our minds. I’ve learned to focus on what I can achieve rather than what’s momentarily out of reach. Setting small, attainable goals keeps the spirit alive. Surrounding myself with encouraging friends, family, and fellow athletes has been my anchor. Their belief in me fuels my own. 

Patience is a critical component of overcoming challenges. In a world that often celebrates quick results and instant gratification, the journey of recovery and growth requires us to slow down and allow ourselves the time to heal. Patience teaches us to appreciate small victories and progress, no matter how incremental. It reminds us that every step forward, no matter how small, brings us closer to our goals. Embracing patience means acknowledging that true strength is built over time, through consistent effort and unwavering determination.

Believe in my strength and my capacity to overcome. Every obstacle is an opportunity to discover a deeper resilience within myself. Setbacks are not failures; they are lessons that shape the journey. Embrace each challenge with a positive mindset, adapt my approach, and lean on my support network.


I believe the road to success is rarely smooth, but it’s the determination to keep moving forward that defines true triumph. We have the power to turn adversity into your greatest ally.

While my knee injury has slowed me down, it has also been a profound teacher. I’ve learned to listen to my body, respect its limits, and celebrate every ounce of progress. This injury does not define me – my response to it does. And I choose to rise above. 

Challenges are not roadblocks; they are opportunities to discover our true strength. My journey, filled with ups and downs, has taught me that resilience, adaptability, and a positive mindset can turn any obstacle into a stepping stone. We al need to remember we have the power to overcome. Embrace your challenges, adapt, and rise above. Together, we can transform adversity into triumph. 

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Let’s continue to inspire and uplift each other, proving that no challenge is too great to conquer.