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I laid everything I had on the line with no guarantee of success and I stood on top of a podium with the Canadian Flag raised behind me while hearing our National Anthem. Tears ran down my face; I have never felt so proud.

I came home with five gold medals, two silver medals and five world records. I was living a dream until I went 2018 canada goose outlet back to school and my classmates had no idea what the Paralympic Games were. My bubble burst. I got comments such as, the Paralympic Games for Paraplegics? You aren in a Wheelchair! of holding my head up high, I went into a shell and hid behind my prosthetic leg. Suddenly the feelings of freedom and empowerment I felt in the water turned into embarrassment and shame. I became mortified at the thought of everyone seeing my mis shaped body so I refused to go to school without canada goose outlet store locations my prosthetic leg and didn talk about my Paralympic Success.

It can be very difficult canada goose deals to imagine yourself https://www.canadagooseonlineshop.co.uk as a champion or a role model when many of your interactions with people have an unintentional, but still demeaning undertone. I was training 10 times a week in the pool and up to 7.5 km per workout, the same as my teammates training for the Olympics. Even still, l often heard from non swimmers, bet you could even swim faster than me! a comment intended as a compliment. I would always just smile back, but in my head I would be thinking you f kidding me? a result of these kinds of comments, I have been fighting off feelings of inadequacy my entire life.

As I went off to University I realized my life was being controlled by fear. My prosthetic canada goose clearance leg was no longer a tool that allowed me to be mobile and in fact, I was more agile and comfortable on crutches. canada goose outlet toronto factory My prosthetic leg was a mask that I was hiding behind in an attempt to look normal. I decided to take control of my life back.

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During Canada Goose Parka my first year on the University of Victoria varsity swim team at the Canadian University (CIS) Championships, I swam to 15th place against swimmers with two legs. I also went on to swim in my second Paralympic Games in Athens, winning eight medals including one gold and setting a new world record. Following that season, I was named the University of Victoria Female Athlete of the Year. It was my first time winning an award that didn have a disability attached to it. I was finally able to hold my head up high because the University of Victoria recognized that success comes in all different shapes and sizes.

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