INSPIRATION THROUGH ADVERSITY
Inspiration comes in many forms! Walking, bleary eyed into the gym at 7am one day earlier this week, I stood behind another lady in the queue waiting to check in. She seemed to be causing some commotion amongst the receptionists not to say some excitement. On checking out the cause of the excitement I discovered it was one of our fantastic Paralympians who lived locally and had brought her Olympic Gold Medal to show everyone.
The lady in question was Stephanie Millward who went to her first Paralympics in Beijing in 2008 and in London 2012 won five silver medals, so her excitement and pride at winning gold in Rio was very understandable. Even more amazing is that Stephanie was diagnosed with MS eighteen years ago and has fought really hard to achieve her goals.
She was recently quoted in the Telegraph as saying: "Three Paralympic Games, 18 years of multiple sclerosis and here I am with that gold medal I've been striving for, for so long.
Talking to Steph for just those few minutes puts life into perspective. The things we moan about are small compared to striving so hard for so long and achieving so much.
Although not quite the same, our regular skydivers here at Netheravon consistently strive to be the best and push the envelope as far as they can. If they don’t do it right, their lives are certainly at risk. Training, re-educating and continual assessment means you can keep on top of your game.
Skydiving, whether it’s fun jumping or for serious competition requires dedication and skill, each goes with the other. It’s about taking risks but ultimately staying safe! Those who strive to achieve also inspire those around them. So here’s to continued dedication to sport, whatever variety, and continued success and good health particularly to Stephanie Millward as she continues to strive for what for many of us seems an impossible task through great adversity.
“I had a truly awesome experience yesterday, in every way. I was absolutely terrified but felt totally invincible afterwards and I even fell in love with your cameraman, Mike! Cam was lovely too and if I decide to do it again it would have to be with him. It was all very professional, from start to finish. They were a great bunch and I will recommend this to anyone and everyone. I jumped for the MS Trust and secured £723 in sponsorship so far with promises of more to come. It is great to feel alive again.”
“First ever tandem skydive for worthing churches homeless project today, loved it. Special thanks to my instructor Jay and the cameraman trevor who both made me laugh a lot and really relaxed me! definately want to jump again Thanks guys for a great day!”
"First charity tandem skydive done here last Saturday. Despite being extremely scared, the instructors made me feel completely at ease and in safe hands. Highly recommend anyone doing a jump, to do it here. Would definitely consider doing another skydive off the back of this experience despite my fear of heights and flying. Brilliant day and life experience. Thank you."
"First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"
"Amazing Day, looked after from start to finish, great people, very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Pete my tandem partner.. TOP BLOKE he was very professional and experienced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone."
"Wow first ever tandem skydive today for oakhaven. Raised over £1000, so thank you all ... with my daughter Leah lopez, amazing surreal, nothing else like it. Thank you to Gary and Jay...... Leah now wants to do more and do a single jump!! Eeek!"