What an inspiration young Terra Grier
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.