I was born with a deformity in my right arm. I have an elbow joint, but it doesn’t move, I have very minimal movement in my wrist and only two fingers on my right hand.But I’ve not let it hold me back in life and have a successful sporting career. I was a member of the British swimming team for over ten years, before a shoulder injury ruled me out.Since then, I’ve discovered martial arts and that’s given me a new purpose.When I first started competing, you would see opponents question whether it was okay to fight the disabled person.Now I go to competitions and they see me as anyone else, which is a really good feeling.I’m working with Fixers to change the negative perception of disabled people in martial arts and show that it is possible to compete on an equal level.I hope it will encourage others to give it a go.
Nicola Maclean from Active Cumbria supports my Fixers project. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.