How differently-abled sprinter Libby Klegg inspired us all
After the International Paralympic Community (IPC) backed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to stage the best ever games for para-sport, we have been seeing that come to pass!
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The 100 metre T11/T12 sprint finals witnessed Libby Klegg, a Scottish paralympic sprinter, win gold for the host nation in what was a thrilling and inspiring run. With the help of guide Mikail Huggins, she ran her heart out in front of a capacity home crowd at Hampden Park and was cheered like probably Usain Bolt would be, at the Olympics.
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In case you did not know, this special category race is run by the visually impaired with the help of an aide whose hands are tied with the runner and runs along with the athlete.
Libby suffers from a deteriorating eye condition known as Stargardt's disease which has left the athlete almost completely blind. However, Libby took up athletics at the early age of 9 and was picked up by a talent scout who inspired her to run in the differently abled category. Little did that talent scout know that Libby was soon going to make him proud by winning gold for the country! Overcoming all her personal difficulties, Libby ran the 100 metre sprint at an impressive time of only 12.20 seconds, which is only a second-and-a-half more than the women's world record in the open category! Talk about differently abled, this woman wowed everyone at the arena and was cheered by everyone there!
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It was a glorious sight to see someone like Libby who did not expect to be looked down upon because of her visual disability but worked hard to achieve her goals. "I am very happy, that is the best I have run all year. The crowd is fantastic, especially for a morning event. They were very lifting," she said after winning.
There's something to learn from everything that we see in life and this story of Libby has surely taught us all something beautiful – that no matter what our situation in life is, passion and hard work can get us to our goals.
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Libby could have given hundreds of excuses, but she put her head down and worked hard to achieve her goal! Every time you give an excuse to yourself or others, consider Libby and use that as an inspiration to tell yourself that excuses are for losers!