Qualifying ability on my terms…

Getting a swimming badge for effort, in one way, SUCKED.

I’m not sure of the reasoning behind attaining it, whether it was because it took me more time or I wasn’t quite ready, but singling me out for sheer effort rather than finding a way to get across the pool for that distance badge never left me.

At the time it made me feel a sense of almost getting in the way, I was young and didn’t quite make sense of the purpose of it all. I think it drives the notion of me going against the thinking that at least “he gave it go” or separating me from an activity on the basis of challenging dexterity.


BUT here’s the positive lesson I took from that day. Over the years, it has perhaps taken me more time to do a task. 10 years to finally convert to automatic driving learning with adaptions and two years of lessons a modern example! Patience has taken time to become a valued skill as I’ve got older, wiser in knowing the clearer limitations, but retaining a degree of the youthful stubbornness – a trait I much prefer to translate today as simply having resilience!

I look back on this a positive – as I drew so much from it. For the negative set back it initially gave me, it produced an even more determined trait to make a success of things with a deeper understanding of the obstacles on the path that may come into play.

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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