Month: February 2017

Ksenia never gave up

  Ksenia Bezuglova was born in Russia in 1983. When she was in her early twenties, she was involved in a serious car accident and from then on, was confined to a wheelchair. She was pregnant at the time, and doctors recommended that she terminate the pregnancy. Ksenia refused and went on to have a healthy daughter.   She said later in an interview, that her pregnancy helped her get through the difficult initial time of adapting to life with a disability, that there was no time to think about what she had lost because the baby was still...

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Overcoming adversity to be the best

By Doug Wright Overcoming adversity started early in Victoria Duval’s life. Today, she is an American professional tennis player. But back when she was seven, she was held at gunpoint in her Aunty’s home in Haiti during a robbery. That was the trigger for her mother to take her and her siblings to America. Growing up in Atlanta, she worked hard at her tennis. She went professional at the age of seventeen in 2012, making it to the semi-finals of the Junior US Open in her first year. She made more than $230,000 in prize money over two years...

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Madeline Stuart, willpower & never giving up!

By Doug Wright When you have a dream, the only thing to prevent you from reaching it is your willpower and your ability to ‘never give up.’ Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia was born with Down Syndrome. Most of us would imagine that Madeline’s career options would be limited. But Madeline wanted to be a model and nothing was going to stop her. Madeline was inspired to try modelling after watching a fashion parade. Her mother, far from dissuading her and telling her she could never do it, helped her to keep to a healthy eating schedule (many children...

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Pursuing your passion, beyond all odds

Put your passion first and the rest will follow… By Doug Wright Managing a disability is one of the greatest challenges a person can face. Worldwide singing sensation Andrea Bocelli has successfully managed his from birth. Bocelli was born with congenital glaucoma and lost his sight completely during a football accident when he was just twelve years old. He already had a great passion for music; he began playing the piano at six, and later, many other instruments including the saxophone, trumpet, guitar and drums. By the age of seven he was imitating famous tenors and at fourteen, won his...

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