By Yang Chin-chieh and William Hetherington / Workers reporter, with workers author
A bodily disabled Paiwan athlete yesterday referred to as on the federal government to dedicate extra assets to the coaching and assist of disabled athletes to provide them a brand new lease on life.
Yeh Yi-wei (葉憶偉), a retired navy frogman, has been taking part in sports activities since he was a toddler. When a visitors accident left him needing a wheelchair to get round, Yeh mentioned he went by means of a interval of melancholy when he had no motivation to do something.
After he found a ardour for capturing sports activities he regained his motivation and hopes to characterize Taiwan on the Paralympics, he mentioned.
Picture courtesy of Yeh Yi-wei
Talking at a fundraising occasion held on Friday by the Lin Yu-chi Memorial Basis and the Spinal Twine Harm Potential Improvement Heart, Yeh mentioned that after leaving the army, he had gotten combined up in gang exercise till a visitors accident modified the course of his life.
“At first I used to be deeply disheartened. I assumed I used to be incapable of doing something however sleep and eat,” he mentioned.
To get himself out of a droop, Yeh started attending a coaching program sponsored by the Spinal Twine Harm Potential Improvement Heart, he mentioned.
In this system Yeh mentioned he realized how you can carry out and later obtained a busking license, hoping to enhance the visibility of individuals with disabilities.
Yeh regained his ardour for sports activities when he took up capturing. He positioned third the primary time he participated within the capturing occasion at a nationwide sports activities competitors for folks with disabilities.
“I need to win on the Paralympics for Taiwan, however the highway to get there is stuffed with difficulties. There are not any capturing occasion organizations in Taiwan, and really restricted funding for disabled athletes,” he mentioned.
Disabled athletes taking part in capturing occasions face greater than NT$30,000 in month-to-month bills for transportation, bullets and venue rental amongst different prices, which they have to pay out of their very own pocket, he mentioned.
“Athletes typically begin coaching solely three months earlier than an occasion to scale back prices, and sometimes borrow that cash from mates and family,” he mentioned.
Yeh mentioned there are lots of athletes like him who possess the flexibility, however lack assets, and he hoped the federal government and personal organizations may present help.
Regardless of the challenges, Yeh mentioned he encourages disabled folks to take part in sports activities due to the advantages, together with the belief of 1’s potential and the potential of bringing honor to 1’s nation.
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