Over the last thirteen years, Isabel “Issy” Kingdon’s life continued to change. “My recovery is long. There is a lot to it”, she explains. Sport has helped through everything in her recovery and getting to the mental place she is now. In her mid to late thirties, Issy worked in special needs and was doing … Continue reading Sport has helped through everything.
Suddenly not able to do able-bodied sports anymore, Natasha White discovered para-sports. Wheelchair basketball, para-trampolining and para-climbing. For Natasha, para-sport is a massive coping mechanism. At age 19, Natasha had knee surgery to fix a torn cartilage as she was continuously dislocating her knee. That was her triggering event to being diagnosed with chronic health … Continue reading Para-sport is a massive coping mechanism￼
Nina Zeiler is a maths graduate who performs pole dancing and aerial hoop. Diagnosed with EDS and PoTS, when she has a flare-up, "sometimes I feel like I will never get to where I was again, but I tell myself I will. So far I get back up every time," she explains. Nina is also … Continue reading I get back up every time
A full-time route setter in East London, Alexander Lemel, underwent hip surgery. This story is the strenuous journey of recovery. Working at Mile End climbing wall, Alexander sets the coloured routes on climbing walls for beginners to elite athletes. An extremely physically demanding job, he has to be in the same shape as the athletes … Continue reading The Strenuous Journey of Recovery
Thirty-six years old. A practising attorney, family man, and disability rights advocate in Washington DC, United States. Josh Basile's life changed forever at eighteen years old. Overcoming mental barriers, everyday life obstacles and the true understanding that perspective is a superpower. Josh was in the ocean with his boogie board on a family holiday. At that … Continue reading Perspective is a Superpower
“I decided I wanted to be a physical education teacher, so I went to Edge Hill University in Liverpool. Four weeks passed, I woke up in a hospital,” explains Kenneth. Strength, perseverance and exceptionally inspirational. A truly remarkable story about how climbing changed a paraclimber's life post-accident. In 2012 at age 21, Kenneth Ellacott suffered … Continue reading Climbing Changed Paraclimber’s Life Post-Accident
Registered blind since birth, due to a genetic condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, Anna Foo lost her vision completely at the age of 15 years. Now 21 years old, Anna has been climbing since 2018 during her first year of her Liberal Arts degree at university. Blind Athlete, GB Paraclimber and Shining Star: An Interview with … Continue reading Blind Athlete, GB Paraclimber and Shining Star
As the Paralympics in Tokyo draw to a close after a fantastic year for the athletes, we daren’t forget about paraclimbing. A sport that seemingly does not have the global infrastructure for Paralympic inclusion – yet. “Climbing is my physio”, how being a para-climber is impactful and the long rope to the Paralympics Nevertheless, global and … Continue reading Climbing is my Physio