Grateful to be sharing with you @rollinfunky's
"We always say representation matters, and to some, it matters more than others may realise. Growing up, I loved to watch sport from football to boxing to athletics, and I was personally inspired by seeing black people being successful and represented in the sport. As an adult and now a wheelchair user, I realise just how important that representation is.
Before I became a wheelchair user, I used to work out in the morning either at the gym or at home, it's always been part of my daily routine, and you could say it's part of who I am. However, when I first became a wheelchair user, I suffered from depression, as I grieved for my old way of life. Once I accepted my new way of life, and I became comfortable with it, I slowly began my home-workouts again, which also helped with my depression. At first, it was just stretching, and it moved on to using tins of baked beans as weights, then resistance bands and then dumbbells.
Over the years, I got stronger and fitter, until I felt confident enough to join my local gym last year. After a few months, I started joining some of the classes, doing boxing and pad work with my trainer @sgtjeffspartan
I love the feeling of the endorphins pumping around the body; it's a great way to start the day and instantly puts you in a good mood.
I am no Paralympian, let's be honest most of us aren't. Still, I feel it is important to see black people represented when it comes to fitness, especially those that are wheelchair users like myself, something which is severely lacking. This is the reason I started to share my fitness journey, with the hope of inspiring others that they too can do the same. As we always say, representation matters!"