I came here to share a little more about my life with you. Tomorrow Mark and I are having our 10th wedding anniversary. I hope to make a video talking about how we met with a few more questions I have been getting on my IG.
Mark, I want to tell you that it has been a wonderful journey to share my life with you. Even when I couldn’t speak English and all the funny situations we got through with that. We dream the same dream of inclusion and a healthy lifestyle and it’s very special.
I am grateful for all the moments we spend together, all of them, even the “bad” ones make us a strong couple, the good ones made us more appreciative of life. I just want to tell you, that you make my heart dance and life is much better shared with you. You are not only my best friend but the person I admire as a professional with all your work to promote adapted sport and as an human being. I am so proud to be your wife. I am the luckiest one in the world and so blessed because of it.
This video is on My Brazilian Youtube channel and I thought I would share with you one of the best moments of my life.
I need to say a special thanks to my cousin Moacyr for put this video together.
What I would say to finalise is: Believe in love, it will always find you.
I went to Ireland with my husband in June to help him deliver a wheelchair tennis workshop as Tennis Ireland is starting a project there. If you like I can post here a little bit about the workshop and the work I do with Mark Bullock. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see it.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to vlog and show you guys a little bit of Dublin, my Guinness experience etc. Here is the video, I hope you enjoy it!
Also please let me know what kind of videos you like most. Is it fashion, vlogs or disability related matters.
As You know I love to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Here is a blog is written by my husband on inclusive sport and the activities that we do together.
Statistics show disabled people to be the least active group in the UK and it would seem logical that this is the case around the world.
The ‘Disabled People’s Lifestyle Report’ from September 2013 found that there is clear untapped demand for physical activity and sport within the community in the UK with 70 percent of the disabled people surveyed stating they would like to be more active. The report also found that 64 percent of the disabled people surveyed would prefer to take part in sport and physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people. However, at the time of the report, only 51 percent did so. The UK research highlighted a clear mismatch between people’s preferences and the availability of opportunities. Over 60 percent of those surveyed claimed that either a lack of awareness of opportunities or a lack of available opportunities is what prevents them from taking part in sport and physical activity. Get Out Get Active is a project aimed at addressing these issues.
Get Out Get Active is a programme to encourage more disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together and has been introduced by a consortium of partners led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. The £4.5m programme concentrates on ‘fun and inclusive activities’ over a period of three years.
As the husband of a T12 paraplegic and somebody who has been involved in disability sport in various roles from volunteer to coach to administrator since 1991 I can relate very strongly to the finding that many disabled people want to take part in physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people.
My wife, Samanta, is a former no 1 Brazilian wheelchair tennis player and very active but the majority of her current activities are with non-disabled family and friends. In her wheelchair tennis career, the competition was with other disabled people. Outside of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour and since retiring the vast majority of Sam’s physical activity and sport is done with non-disabled people.
The list of activities and sports she has tried is extensive
As a couple we want to do activities together and this certainly applies to our nieces who don’t see any barriers to the activities that we can do as a group. When planning to go roller skating the question came up as to whether the venue would allow Sam to go round in her wheelchair. The younger niece who must have been 7 at the time said ‘Of course it will be ok as she already has wheels.’ Our nieces love to do activities with us as a group. We cycle, run, push, attend fitness classes, go swimming and play tennis as a family. We take part in these activities in the house, in the garden, in parks, in the countryside, in sports clubs & in leisure centres.
In the words of a 11-year-old niece ‘I like the challenge of going on cycling adventures with Sam and solving how we will get over and around obstacles like rough ground, up & down slopes, across narrow bridges over ditches & occasionally up & downstairs using teamwork. When we go swimming I don’t notice Sam has a disability. She is such a good swimmer’
We believe strongly in the benefits of inclusive activity and sport but not just for the physical benefits. Exercise and social interaction are beneficial for the wellbeing of all family members. Exercise & sport for disabled people does not have to be in disability specific sessions. People can go for a walk/push with non-disabled family and friends of a similar fitness level. Some people may prefer to participate with people with a similar impairment. Some may want a combination of both complementing time spent with family & friends with time with people with a similar impairment sharing thoughts and ideas. The key is that the disabled person is in a position to make choices about the most suitable environment(s) for them to exercise and play sport.
To conclude everybody should Get Out and Get Active. I am off for a run followed by some yoga.