The 8th March 2019 marks International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of our female participants as well as the impact they have as role models for the next generation. Cerebral palsy is the single largest cause of childhood physical disability in the developed world and it is more common in girls than boys. In 2018, 526 of our sport participants were female.
We are delighted to announce that Catriona Chung has accepted the honour of becoming a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Catriona was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects her balance and peripheral vision. At aged 6, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She has learnt to accept and live with these difficulties. When she was young, her physiotherapist advised her parents try swimming to improve mobility. It was a hobby initially and then progressed to competing. She trained with Jill Stidever at Leicester Penguins and subsequently also with Loughborough Town Swimming Club. Catriona has regularly competed at county, regional, national levels since aged 12, and more recently at international events including the CP World Games in Barcelona in 2018 where she won 2 gold and 1 silver medals.
A seizure in the water affected Catriona’s confidence leaving her feeling very shaken. After a long time of trying she slowly rebuilt confidence in the water and has grown stronger mentally and psychologically.
Over the years, Catriona says she has received a lot of help and support from others, and now wants as many people as possible to understand that people with disabilities like herself are capable of helping others too. Catriona feels honoured to be a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and is glad that it provides her a platform for sharing her experiences and helping others.
“I will continue to train hard and want to encourage those with special needs to take up a sport, as I have learnt that through commitment, hard work and resilience that I am able to achieve more than I ever imagined. Swimming was once my hobby, but now it has turned into my passion.”
“Disabilities do not define who you are or what you can do. It is what comes within that makes all things possible.”
Young Sporting Ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.
Young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.
Find out more about our Young Sporting Ambassadors here