Here is the article from Adriana Chiari Magazine. It is in Portuguese but I will translate it and post here in case you don’t know the language. Here is the link for the full article in Portuguese. https://adrianachiarimagazine.net/blog/2018/8/2/resiliencia-por-samanta-bullock
Its a funny one as I am giving a talk about resilience in Brazil next month. Here is the link to the event: https://eduzz.com/curso/eEl5/.html?a=60762328
So I realise as everything about me is linked to this subject, so probably I am resilient and happy about that.
Meet the story of the athlete and model Samanta Bullock "People see the wheelchair as limiting, but it is extremely liberating, because without it I could not get around" Easy smile, genuine beauty and an enviable disposition to break the world; so is Samanta Bullock. Gaucha, 39, fights daily for the inclusion of all deficiencies in sport and fashion.
At age 14 Samanta was the victim of a firearm accident and became paraplegic. For the girl who played tennis and began to take the first steps as a model, this might seem like a nightmare, but that was not what happened. From an early age she was a class leader and captain of the handball team at school, and neither did the accident stop the girl, who has always been passionate about sports. At the age of 19, Samanta went to Porto Alegre to attend the University of Odontology, but difficulties such as access to the site and the structure of the classrooms that were not adapted to the course did not give up.
"The wheelchair is a potentiator: if you are already a strong person, it will leave you even stronger, especially to run after your rights within society; if you are a weaker person, from the moment you are in a wheelchair you will think that your world ended there. " She began to work in the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul, where she went through various areas andwas transferred to Brasília to work in the Federal Senate, which coincided with her treatment at Sarah Kubitcheck, where she did all the rehabilitation. During the work in the Senate she got a special tennis project for the disable,started attending twice a week and from there he only left to compete representing Brazil in 3 world and Paralympic Games in 2007, where she won a silver medal in double with Rejane Candida against the United States. In 2012, already living in England, participated in the opening of the Paralympics in London, where he made a presentation on a 4-meter-high sway pole with choreography packed with music by singer Rhianna; one more challenge against the limitation has been overcome. With a life and stories of successes through sport, she now works in the Paralympics International Committee, Proud Paralympian program, assisting in the empowerment of Paralympic athletes, teaching lectures on sports values, career transition and preparing athletes for the life of a sportsman.
Since she started playing tennis, Samanta also began to be invited to take pictures as a model for sponsors, wheelchair factories, brands of clothes for wheelchair users, and at that moment realized that she could resume her modeling career that she had left behind . Her first parade after the wheelchair went to a jeans brand in Goiânia, after that other work began to emerge; has already campaigned for major brands and had the opportunity to parade in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Turkey and London.
She is the ambassador of Fashion Inclusivo, a program in Brazil that has more than 100 disabled models, from Models of Diversity, a fashion and beauty media company focused on any type of beauty, and Parallel London, the first inclusive race event in the world . Her biggest accomplishment was parading at this year's London Fashion Week for Designer Louise Linderoth; the collection of jeans designed for wheelchairs made Samanta shine on the catwalk.
"Parading at London Fashion Week was the biggest thrill of my life, I waited 31 years for that moment."
For the future, Samanta plans a fashionable project in the area of accessibility and continue fighting for accessibility in all areas.
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