If you’re lacking inspiration, then 14-year-old Izzy Weall is sure to put life into perspective for you with her tremendous mindset and positivity.
Izzy, from Derby, is a quadruple amputee and a trampolining champion, being crowned national champion last year.
At the age of just seven, Izzy caught meningitis and her parents were suddenly warned that she had just hours to live.
Izzy explained to UNILAD how she became a quadruple amputee:
When I was seven I got meningitis. I started the day off school fine and then by the end of the day I was in an ambulance getting rushed from hospital to hospital.
It happened really quickly and then I had to have my arms and legs amputated. I remember a bit of being in hospital, but for the first part I was put into an induced coma because I had organ failure.
The main challenges I faced was having to relearn everything. I had to learn to walk, to write. Even now, I still have things I need to learn ways around doing.
Now she runs an inspirational Youtube channel, giving make-up advice and tutorials, as well as becoming a national trampolining champion.
Izzy told us about her time in secondary school and how she got into trampolining:
I think probably becoming a teenager does make everything more difficult because everyone is so self-conscious about everything, so when you stand out as much as I do, it takes quite a bit of strength to not let that get to you.
When I started secondary there was a trampoline club and everyone was really excited, so I went along with some of my friends and I started learning some of the basic moves.
I really enjoyed it and within a couple of months, my teacher had put me forward for a competition, and I won it.
It’s the first thing I’d won since becoming a quadruple amputee, so I started working towards more competitions and started winning more and more.
Izzy’s inspirational mindset is the main thing that has got her through. She said:
My parents have always said to me ‘there’s always a way to do everything, you’ve just got to keep trying and find different ways around it. I can do anything I want.
Mindset helps a lot of it. I have such a strong willpower to do as much as possible, it might take me a while and I might have to try so many different methods, but I think in the end I’ll get there.
I’d say to anyone else who has a disability and wants to get into sports, give it a go, you might find someone straight away that’s really willing to help. Definitely keep trying with different people, different sports because I tried so many sports before trampolining. Take every opportunity and become as independent as possible.
Izzy has also revealed her exciting next venture into race driving.
Izzy explained that she doesn’t feel the need to label herself as disabled because she doesn’t let it stop her from doing anything.
The English Federation of Disability Sport works to make active lives possible with a vision that disabled people are active for life, you can donate to the charity on their website.