I wishfully applied for a grant from START Foundation in mid-2016. The dream became a reality when my application was successful and I received funding to have the prosthetic necessary to engage in life without anything holding me back.
Today when I wake up I am not in pain. I can train and push my body further than I ever have before and get the results required to hopefully one day be an athlete in some capacity.
Through the belief of the team at START I set a goal to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, in what sport, I don't know as I'm yet to work that out. Regardless of what sport I pursue, the opportunity to fully embrace myself as an amputee and not limit my abilities as a person, has been the biggest reward from this grant.
The appreciation and gratitude I have for START for literally giving me a 'start' is beyond words. It has been an absolute game changer for my life, so thank you!"