ParaCommonwealth Challenge

For the next few years, I will share the journey with you through one of Scotland’s top newspapaer, Evening Times and films produced by GLASGOW2014 of capturing what it takes to be a para athlete undertaking Paralympics sports that will be featured in the Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games. They consists of athletics; swimming; track-cycling; lawn bowls and powerlifting.

It is the fear of unknown of not knowing what to expect on the mammoth journey. It will require a different mindset in comparison to other challenging projects I’ve taken on in the past but relish the opportunity that awaits me. It is incredibly exciting to be part of the Glasgow2014 project showcasing the Paralympic sports that will be performed and showing the attributes, attitudes it takes to complete in performing some these competitive sports. This is once in a lifetime opportunity, I just don’t know how to feel…………

You can follow this project is in a varieties of ways:

GLASGOW2014 website
GLASGOW2014 Video Gallery

GLASGOW2014 Commonwealth Games, Official Channel: YouTube
GLASGOW2014 YouTube

Evening Times
Evening Times

Evening Times e-dition
You can order any of the missed ParaCommonwealth features via the e-dition
Evening Times

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JULIE COMPLETES HER GLASGOW CHALLENGE

JULIE MCELROY has taken part in the Great Scottish Run 10K on Sunday 2 September 2012 which is sponsored by the Bank of Scotland. She was joined on route with two friends.

Julie born was with Cerebral Palsy resulting in leaving her with speech, hearing and mobility difficulties.  Despite this, she has never let anything stand in her way.  The medical staff was quite vague about the future and could not predict the outcome.   Doctor’s could not initially foretell if Julie could ever walk and her parents were advised to just wait and see.

Julie says ‘I am glad to have joined in the Great Scottish Run like everyone else and soaked up the atmosphere; it was incredible to have been part of it.  It was a ‘REAL’ challenge for me’.

The main reason for taking part in it along with everyone else as this year been a great year and it is further emphasized by the LONDON 2012 Paralympics taking place at the moment but I would like to acknowledge the inspiration from the Evening Times ‘s Scotswomen of Year, the ladies decided to challenge my fitness further and the Editor’s impetus that inspired me to put this challenge into action”.

I power walked it in just over two hours and one thing that makes it more remarkable and people with Cerebral Palsy are prone to pains! I encountered no stitches or pain or anything, thats what I call transformational of endurance power! Therefore combining fitness/sports along with disability makes your body stronger.

Apart from foot’s blisters, it was certainly worth the pace of achievement!

Julie's Great Scottish Run