i'm a 21-yr-old with cp. i'm a very active person who's goal is to become a par-olympic figure skater. i've only started recently (maybe about a season or so) and am starting to get somewhat discouraged. I want this more than i've wanted anything in my life but sometimes the shear difficulty of it overwhelms me. I work out often and study martial arts as a way to improve my balance but progress is slow. I guess i'm afraid it can never happen. That i'm to old and too disabled. Although i should tell you my case is an extremely mild one. I have a slight limp which is more pronounced on my right side. I'd like to know if anyone with my condition has ever done anything like this before? Any information would be helpful at this point. It cant be impossible....
Nothing is impossible. I am a mild CP Olympic classification C4. Which is for mild CP. I have also dreamt of going to the paralympics. But somehow something always came up. I can tell you though thagt if that is your goal you can make it. I receently moved to the USA (about 6 weeks ago), I might just take up the batton again myself and get right back on that dream. I found that swimming, does ALOT for toning in my case. So maybe that could also be something to look at. I tried martial arts to, but with my balance...lol....I decided against it.
haha balance and me do not get along either but it's only ever gotten better. when i first tried to do a roundhouse kick my sensi looked at me and went "uhm... maybe this is one of those kicks that's not for u..." It's now one of my best kicks. mwahahaha i'm a little stubborn. thanks for replying.
Hi there! I am the mother of a 9 y.o. with CP that loves figure skating. We just got a grant approved for a harness on track so my daughter will be able to jump and spin. Even though her body doesn't cooperate, she understands figure skating and wants to practice it. She is on ice 3 times a week. and enjoys it. We still need to work on rules for the harness because at times, I find that able bodies are more handicapped by fear that my DD is! they are afraid she will hurt herself or will become dependant of the harness. I answer that this is, the point, but they want her more able than she is. So, once again, I will become her advocate, but in the mean time, she is, figure skating. (By the way, I am almost 48, living with many disabilities myself and still figure skating, almost landed my axel last Sunday!)
So, keep practicing, and look for harnesses on places like "Pro-Motions" and tell me if you are successful in you attempts. Keep Skating, Cilvy