Do you believe that everything in this world is possible as long as you have a strong desire and willing to do the hard work to achieve it? I do. I’m not saying that the road would be easy. But, there are people in this world that really have a huge hurdle and still go beyond their limit and work harder than we could ever imagine.
If you read the title, than you know that I’m talking about athletes who overcame disabilities.
Up until now, some people may find it hard to believe there are people with physical disabilities who succeed in physical sport. Those people surpassed their limit to chase their passion with a great desire to achieve their dreams. They didn’t see their ‘weakness’ as a reason to give up their dreams. Knowing a little about their journeys give me some boost for motivation.
So, I would like to share some of those wonderful inspiring athletes with you. Here we go
1. Natalie Du Toit
“I have always had a dream to take part in an Olympic Games, and losing my leg didn’t change anything.”
– Natalie Du Toit –
Natalie Du Toit was born in 1984 and began swimming since she was a kid. She also participated in Commonwealth Games in 1998. She had a dream to be an athlete but unfortunately, in 2001 she involved in a scooter accident which caused her lost one of her legs. But, instead of giving up her dream to be an athlete, she overcame the adversity and achieved her dream.
Only three months after her operation, she resumed training and swam with other disabled people. As a result of her determination, she won two gold medals in Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008 and beat the world record in a disabled category with great skill. She was also noted 48th in the top 100 Great South African in 2004 by the SABC.
Her hard work was paid off in 2008 when she participated in the Olympic Games held in Beijing. She competes with other able-bodied athletes in the 10k race. Natalie said that it had always been her dream to take part in the Olympic Games and losing her leg didn’t change anything. Natalie participated in her last Paralympic Games in 2012 and currently enjoying being a motivational public speaker who inspires others to reach their dreams.
2. Baxter Humby
“I can’t is not in my vocabulary.”
– Baxter Humby –
Baxter Humby was born in 1974 and soon after his birth he got to miss one of his arms. A part of his arm below his elbow was amputated because it was entangled with an umbilical cord. Ever since, he got to life his live with limited ability and being told that he couldn’t do much. But at the age of 17, he interested in kickboxing and Muay Thai and has pursued to be one of the best in these field.
He is widely known as One-Armed Bandit because he does the sport with one hand missing. Even so, he has won multiple titles during his career and held a black belt in Taekwondo and Sik Tai. He has a very inspirational quote which is, “I can’t is not in my vocabulary”.
Movie lovers may know that Humby participated in the movie Spiderman 3. He took Tobey Mcguire’s place in the fight scene with the sandman and gave the effect of punching through sandman chest. He also starred in the film One Arm Here that was produced by a martial art film star. Currently, he also trains with Muay Thai World Champion trainer at the Muay Thai Academy in North Hollywood, CA.
3. Kyle Maynard
“Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.”
– Kylie Maynard –
Kyle Maynard was born in 1986 with a rare condition known as congenital amputation. His parent faced unexpected situation but took a quick decision to drive him to be as independent as possible. Despite his disability, he grew up like most normal kids with a great interest in sports. He likes football and wrestling.
In the high school, he wrestled and won 36 matched during his senior year. Maynard received ESPY Award Winner for Best Male Athlete with disability in 2004 and 2012.
In 2005, he wrote a book which titled “No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life”. The book became the New York Times Bestselling Autobiography. He is now a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and athlete. He has set records in weightlifting and fought in martial arts despite being born with arms that end near the elbows and leg that end near the knees.
Do You Realize the Similarity with These Athletes Who Overcame Disabilities?
Natalie, Baxter, and Kyle are great examples of athletes who overcame disabilities and reach their dreams despite their imperfection. These people have worked their way and gone beyond their limit to achieve what seem to be almost impossible for many people. Not only they put away their disability, they also overcame emotional struggle as some people were bullying them for their disabilities. Humby even faced troubles every time he changed schools.
What makes them interesting is that the imperfections can be turned to become a source of desire to overcome any limit.
I know that every people (including me and you) have their own imperfections, which may or may not related to the physical condition. Some people like the athletes have an imperfect body and struggled to become a successful athlete, or some other people have an imperfect financial condition (coming from financially poor family) and struggled to become rich.
As you can see from the three inspiring athletes, imperfections are not a reason to not being able to achieve your dream. Use your imperfections as a good reason to achieve your dream with hard work, and you will surprise people who look down at you.
I think these 3 athletes and many other disabled athletes are a great example that if we have passion and great desire to achieve our dreams, then everything is possible. Throughout our life, we will always encounter various obstacles. But if we have strong will and determination, we’d be able to overcome any difficulties, even the ones that seem impossible.
If you have any food for thought, please leave a comment below and I will reply to it happily Let me close my post with this self-made quote:
“Imperfection is the perfect reason why you must achieve your dreams. It exists as a stepping stone, not as a wall.”
– Alexander Blue –
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