After ten months, Julie has put in the commitment and preparation into finding her ideal physical challenge which was the Strathkelvin Railway Path at Strathblanefield. This is going be quite a remarkable feat to conquer as her physical co-ordination is complex with her whole body moving all the time. With the effects of her muscles, she generates so much heat and uses far more energy to undertake these challenges. Robert Bell, Mountain Leader was on hand to support this challenge as he knows how much Julie’s body is up against with the spasticity in her body.
Robert Bell previously served fifteen years in the Army (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Since leaving, Robert has gone onto crave various careers and one them in the outdoor pursuits and is qualified in many areas of the outdoor with young people at the forefront of his fulfilment.
Robert said, ’Julie’s challenge is her disability, the complexity of her walking gait and of course, her deafness. Julie can tire quite quickly due to the physical exertion on her body, this means not only will it be physically demanding but mentally too. However knowing of Julie’s previous achievements in the outdoor pursuits arena, I know her determination to succeed will get her through’.
Furthermore, Julie was tasked to deliver the ultimate DofE Scotland Diamond by asking Al Kellock, former Scottish Rugby Union player having played for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland to accompany on this countryside sponsored walk, will help cement the DofEScotland Diamond Challenge and captalise on DofEScotland 60th Anniversary celebrations and generate much funds to help enable more young people to complete their Awards over the next five years.
The walk itself was tough let alone in 30 degrees heat. Due to the nature of my Cerebral Palsy combine with the unprecedented heat, my body was seizing up with cramps. Thanks with the support of Al Kellock and Rab I successful completed it. We were also joined by Bob Hope who also sit on the Scottish Advisory Committee for DofE Scotland.
It is opportunities like these that have a lasting impact for my personal development. It was a tough physical challenge, I was overwhelmed that I achieved it.
It now time to reflect on the immense achievement. I have certainly had an exciting time champion the work of DofE Scotland.