At SGSC we ourselves try to be what we encourage in others. We work hard to keep our bodies at the level which makes doing the sports we love possible.
At the moment, we are both recovering from a flu virus and energy levels are low, the idea of getting back into training a daunting prospect. Then over the weekend we found our inspiration. We read an article about a young woman, so brave, so courageous we found our motivation to get going again! We believe you will find her just as amazing as we do.
Surfing is hard, right? Learning to surf even more, so and particularly as a Silver Grey. So what about when you are learning to surf with a prosthetic leg, having had your leg amputated above the knee following a motor-bike accident? That's what 19-year-old Danielle Burt, motorbike enthusiast, skateboarder and body-boarder has done following her accident in 2004.
During and after a long stay in hospital, she was approached first by Challenged Athletes Foundation then by Adaptive Action Sports who helped her back on to the road of her involvement in adventure sports, which led eventually to her getting on a surfboard. She now competes in surf competitions and recently became Women's World Champion at the International Surfing Association’s Adaptive World Surfing Championships.
We don't think it's useful to be told that there's always someone worse off than you, and that isn't the point of this story. The point is that if you're looking for inspiration to do what's necessary to keep you in the right shape for your sport, we think Danielle could provide it.
Lily Young is the creator of Surfing Through The Menopause