• Australian Girl With Cerebral Palsy Climbs Great Wall Of China

    There are an umpteen examples of people who didn’t let their disability become their weakness. They have gone from strength to strength to accomplish great feats and get their name scripted in the golden pages of history. One such dauntless girl is 11-year-old Walker Lear who climbed the Great Wall of China on Tuesday (June 6), despite suffering from Celebral Palsy.

    In 2015, Walker Lear had scaled Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. She, however, wanted to push herself more and that propelled her to visit the Great Wall. She was accompanied by her family members and some volunteers. Seeing the girl’s determination, a Chinese entrepreneur sponsored the family’s trip to Beijing.

    Walker Lear derives a lot of inspiration from Australian swimmer Jacqueline Freney who also has cerebral palsy but has successfully clinched eight gold medals

    According to NDTV, Walker Lear first walked on a flat section of the wall, then went up and down some steps and through watchtowers. The climb lasted over an hour. Her family members helped her throughout.

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    “I’m really tired, but I’m proud,” she said. She further said that the Great Wall was more impressive than she had imagined it would be.

    Walker Lear suffered from cerebral palsy spastic diplegia since birth. However, it was diagnosed when she failed to stand and walk by herself when she was two.

    She derives a lot of inspiration from Australian swimmer Jacqueline Freney who also has cerebral palsy but has successfully clinched eight gold medals at the games.

    Lear aspires to surpass her own record by participating in swimming for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, says her mother.

    She is definitely an epitome of strength and determination. At such a young age, she has proved that barriers exist only in the mind. They need to be overcome in order to achieve one’s goals.

    Image credits: Celebralpalsy.org.au

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