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Posted On: 30th Jan 2014

Para-Climbing Fix on ITV

Fixer Sianagh Gallagher
Sianagh on a climbing wall
Tom Perry with Fixer Sianagh

After becoming the first one-armed para-climber for Team GB, a York Fixer is encouraging other young people with disabilities to take up the sport that changed her life.

 

Her story was broadcast on ITV News Calendar on Thursday 6th February.

 

Sixteen-year-old Sianagh Gallagher began climbing at the age of ten and says it has increased her drive and determination in life.

 

‘I was born without a left arm, collar bone or shoulder blade,’ she says.

 

‘The doctors didn’t think I would last the night. I’ve adapted because it’s all I ever knew.

 

‘When you’re climbing and you achieve something that’s hard for able-bodied people. It kind of motivates you to carry on and see what else you can improve on.’

 

In the broadcast piece, she meets fellow Team GB climber, Tom Perry, who lost his leg in an industrial accident.

 

He maintains the sport has helped him mentally and physically get over such a traumatic experience.

 

‘It’s pushed my drive,’ explains Tom. ‘I could have sunk into a dark place after the accident, but I’ve always thought there’s more to me than that.

 

‘So climbing’s been a good outlet.’

 

Sianagh hopes to make a film with Fixers, which shows how the sport has helped her.

 

She explains how much the project means to her: ‘It’s a massive chance. I would really love people to be inspired by me and get that opportunity to go climbing.

 

‘I think there are a lot of people out there with a disability that don’t really think they can do much.

 

'But if you can climb, you can do anything.’

Author: N. Farooq

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