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Choice - How to make Big Decisions Congruently

  Below is the letter of resignation to my employer, Athletics Australia; For the past 13 years I’ve been involved in Paralympic sport, as a training partner when I was an athlete at the Australian Institute of Sport training under Iryna Dvoskina, as a Soft Tissue Therapist for a variety of Paralympic sports, and as a full time Para Athletics Sprints and Jumps coach for Athletics Australia over the past 6 years. I’m passionate about Paralympic sport and inspired by the courage and resilience these athletes display on a daily basis to strive to be the best athletes in the World. I believe my involvement in Paralympic sport has been part of my purpose in life and I am extremely...

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Behind the scenes of Paralympic sport - Food For Thought.

    Sport participation is important because it teaches kids and it teaches people a lot of skills that can be directly correlated to growth and advancement in life.   When we look at Paralympic sport, it plays an even more important role. We have athletes who can overcome life crippling injuries, or overcome potentially life crippling disabilities such as cerebral Palsy (CP). CP sufferers gain so many benefits from sport because it develops coordination and neural patterning like nothing else, hence why some top Doctors in the world are baffled by the capabilities of some people and athletes with CP when they participate in sport. I encourage participation in sport at all levels for many different reasons, but when we...

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Paralympic Champion Josh George expresses what excellence means to him.

    What is excellence? As an athlete, in an occupation that constantly pits me against my contemporaries and ranks us by order of performance, it is a question I am faced with daily. As a Paralympian, the question takes on a different tenor. Paralympians, like female athletes, are athletes with a label. We are “female athletes,” or “athletes with a disability,” and our excellence is tagged as different from the excellence of “athletes,” i.e. our male, able- bodied counterparts. Excellence does not work like this, however. Excellence is a universal concept; and while the parameters of excellence vary, they are the same, regardless of gender, creed, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Excellence is not confined by labels. After...

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