Today is International Women’s Day and although I wanted to research some amazing women for my post for this day. There are very few who are recognised with cerebral palsy.
These are my top 5 who have the condition and show that no matter what life throws at them especially with the condition.
Francesca Martinez is an English comedian, writer and actress, born in London. She was born with cerebral palsy, but prefers to describe herself as "wobbly". Which is what I personally prefer.
Hannah Cockcroft is a wheelchair racer and has taken home two gold medals and breaking four paralympic records in the T34 100m and 200m, in the Paralympics of 2012 in London. The wheelchair racer firmly secured her place in paralympic history.
Born in Halifax Hannah Cockcroft suffered heart failure twice within a few days of being born. Which caused her to have difficulties with her legs due to the damage caused to her nervous system. It was thought she wouldn't live past her teenage years let alone walk. Although she took tentative steps at 3 years old with a frame. So with walking long distance and long term being an absolute no. She became a wheelchair user at a young age. At which point started her passion for wheelchair racing. In the beginning, she was playing wheelchair basketball and discus as a teenager. It was after winning silver at senior school when she was invited to an athletic id talent day at Loughborough. It was here where she was introduced to wheelchair racing. Hannah Cockcroft was given an MBE in 2013 for her services to athletes. At the end of 2017, she became the first-ever disabled athlete to be named the Sports Journalists’ Association Sportswoman of the Year.
I watched her in the Paralympics and she came across as extremely focused and determined. Through this, she showed that as a disabled person anything is possible.
Rosie Jones is a comedian, actress and writer who has appeared in several UK TV shows, such as "the last leg" "8 out of 10 cats" as well as doing "Countdown".
Rosie was born with cerebral palsy and is gay. While growing up she found it challenging to acknowledge either because there was no one really like her except Francesca Martinez. But now is a well-known comedian who uses her cp as part of her comedy.
Rosie is one of the people I relate to most of the women of my choice.
Geri Jewell is an American actress, motivational speaker and comedian born with cerebral palsy in 1956. She has been well known in America from the 80s as was in the prime time tv show "Facts of life". She has acted in "Deadwood".
When she is not acting she is a motivational speaker for the GLBTQ and disabled communities.
Sophia Warner is a Paralympian track and field athlete from England competing mainly in T35 sprint events. In 2012, she qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, was selected for the T35 100m and 200m sprint and is also part of the T35-38 women's relay team. In 2012, she became the commercial director of UK Athletics.
Unfortunately, Sophia was unable to qualify for the earlier Paralympic Games, London 2012 was the first games to include the events in her classification.
These are the women who I believe should be recognised as amazing people who are not all the time because of their disability.
What you can do to acknowledge these amazing women