What an in­spi­ra­tion young Terra Grier

The Oban Times - - Letters -

must be, not just to her class­mates, but to young­sters in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to her­self.

To win two gold and four bronze medals is a mas­sive achieve­ment for any ath­lete, but to show such po­ten­tial at only nine years old is awe in­spir­ing.

The fact that Terra has not only com­mit­ted her­self to a tough regime of train­ing to get where she has, but has done so while liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity, just shows her great de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm.

Terra, who has achon­dropla­sia, a form of dwarfism which mainly af­fects the long bones, achieved her medals in hockey, curl­ing and var­i­ous swim­ming events – three very dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, all re­quir­ing dif­fer­ent train­ing and com­mit­ment.

And let’s not for­get the coaches, many of whom are vol­un­teers, who will have helped Terra and other chil­dren ful­fil their po­ten­tial. Be­cause not only will they have helped them gain sport­ing achieve­ment, those highs will have in­stilled con­fi­dence and helped them see that with hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion, ev­ery­thing is within their reach, a mes­sage we would want to give to all our chil­dren.

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