We’re grateful to Scott Richardson from PACE Rehabilitation for sending the following articles.
PACE have excelled themselves recently and this is just an example of what amputees have been able to achieve recently with their help and expertise.
Amputee Bobby Griffin Carries the Olympic Flame
Remarkably, just twenty months after his elective leg amputation surgery, thirty-two year old Bobby Griffin proudly carried the Olympic torch through Bitton this week, near to his hometown of Bath, in the build-up to the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.
As Bobby explained, “It was stunned when I first heard that I’d been selected as an Olympic torch bearer. Being part of the Olympic flame’s route around the United Kingdom is such a privilege”.
Bobby was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement he received from the public, as he jogged with the golden torch, proudly displaying his below-the-knee prosthesis.
After passing the Olympic flame onto the next torch bearer, Bobby reflected on the past two years. “It has been a challenging journey. From some very dark days, when I was still considering having the amputation, to now running with the Olympic torch. It has been an incredible chapter in my life!”
Bobby’s remarkable rehabilitation has seen him win medals at the Limbpower Amputee Games, just weeks after his amputation. He then progressed to National, European and International success at ParaBadminton, as well as playing in disabled golf competitions. Recently he has also trekked up North Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Toubkal and completed a lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit on a Mobility scooter, all for charity! In amongst all of this, he has even got married, to his university sweetheart Lauren.
Bobby summarised, “After my accident I spent a few years on and off the operating table, then researching amputation surgery. It was a huge decision, but I do not regret it for a second. My biggest problem nowadays is fitting everything in!” He added, “The support that I have had from my family, friends, employers, PACE Rehabilitation and my solicitor has been incredible. I can’t thank everyone enough. But the biggest appreciation has to go to Lauren for being by my side throughout.
You can read more about Bobby’s nomination to be an Olympic torch bearer on the official website HERE.
Sophie Kamlish Medal Success at Paralympic World Cup
Young Paralympic athlete, Sophie Kamlish (15), made an incredible debut at the Paralympic World Cup (PWC) at Manchester’s Regional Arena this week.
The Bath schoolgirl was competing in her first ever international competition, in the T42/43/44 100m and 200m events.
Despite her inexperience, Sophie achieved an outstanding 3rd (200m) and 4th (100m) place finishes, winning a bronze medal and smashing her personal best times in the process!
The PWC was in the middle of Sophie’s GCSE exams, as she explained, “I’ve missed a biology exam today, but the examiners have taken my previous work into account, so it shouldn’t be a problem”, adding “Anyway, winning a medal is much more fun!”
Despite having to juggle her studies and social life with the intense training required to be an international athlete, Sophie is right on track for future Paralympic success.
In her 100m race, she was a just 0.03 seconds behind third place finisher and Team GB’s number one female sprinter, Stefanie Reid.
Sophie said afterwards, “Stef is really nice and we get on well, but I want to beat her!” She continued, “I didn’t expect to be that close to her today, so it is really motivating”.
Sophie’s prosthetist at PACE, and former Paralympic sprinter, Jamie Gillespie said, “I’m delighted for Sophie because this event was a huge step up for her”. Adding, “What she has achieved, in such a short period of time, is terrific. Less than a year ago, she was running on her everyday prosthesis, now she is up with the world’s best. Fantastic!”
Despite her stunning performances, team selection for the London 2012 Games is uncertain for Sophie. However, she certainly has youth on her side and based on her performances in Manchester, has the potential for a very successful Paralympic career.
After the event, Sophie and her parents kindly met Lauren, another young female amputee whom PACE has been supporting. Lauren’s underwent her amputation was just 4-weeks ago, but as PACE’s Scott Richardson explains, “The girls are at either end of the rehabilitation spectrum, but Lauren and her family found it very beneficial to meet Sophie and her parents”. Finally adding, “With what Sophie has achieved, it’s difficult not to be inspired”.
Everyone at PACE would like to congratulate Sophie on her outstanding results at the PWC.
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