Inspiring story from The Guardian
“It’s funny,” she chuckled, “when I first heard I was going to be nominated for an ESPY the first thing I thought was: ‘Whoa, I’m going to be up for best female action sports athlete!’ It didn’t even occur to me that I was going to be placed in the disabled division … I don’t surf disabled or compete in a disabled category.”
I don’t look at it like, ‘Wow, I did a really good job with one arm.’ It’s just, ‘Wow, I did a good job on that wave’
“I think disabled is a very degrading title for athletes,” she said “I feel like I’m an incredibly abled person … If anything, I encourage ESPYs to … change the category to Best Adaptive Athlete, so athletes that have adapted to unique situations in their life. I would have been stoked to be in the category if that was what it was called.” (emphasis added)
It’s hard to go past her description of the shark attack
On 31 October 2003. Bethany was surfing with her best friend, Alana Blanchard. At first, Hamilton didn’t realize what had happened. She saw a grey flash and felt a short tug. But when she looked down, the water was bright red and her left arm and a large chunk of her surfboard were missing.
“I’ve just been attacked by a shark,” she stated calmly, and started paddling towards the shore with one arm. Alana’s father used his surf leash as a tourniquet and rushed her to the nearest hospital. Local fishermen captured the 14ft tiger shark, surfboard debris still lining its mouth.
Inspirational SIMs aplenty in this story.
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