What would it be like to water ski blind? How cool would it be to slalom, perform tricks or go over a ski jump? In episode 31 we talk with Janet Gray from Northern Ireland to find out how blind and vision impaired people can enjoy the sport of water skiing.
Janet is blind, and won three consecutive world disabled water skiing titles in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Then in 2004, Janet suffered horrific injuries when she collided with a water ski jump ramp at high speed in Florida. Her heart stopped four times while she was in intensive care in a US hospital and her husband Paul was even told to arrange her funeral.
Throughout her long and painful recovery, Janet was determined to walk again, regain her independence again and even got back behind a boat again. Incredibly, Janet took the world title again in 2007. She also set a host of still unbeaten world and European records and she became the first blind woman in history to jump beyond 50 feet.
Janet is the author of her book “Blind Ambition”, and is a motivational speaker. She was also awarded an MBE in 2002 for her work with sport for the disabled.
This is a great conversation and I hope that you get as much out of it as I did.
I also include some motivational quotations.
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