Name: Qian Hongyan
Qian lost her two legs at the age of four because of a car accident. She grew up in a rural area of China’s southwestern Yunnan province where had no easy access to prosthetic legs. Because of this, she puts a basketball where the lower part of her body used to be. Qian learned to walk on her hands, using a basketball cut in half to steady herself. She was dubbed “basketball girl” by locals. She was encouraged to join a local swimming club for the disabled – the first of its kind in China – and was sponsored by the Yunnan Provincial Federation of the Disabled. “I had to give much more than other kids when I learned to swim,” she told China Daily in 2011. It was difficult at first, but this determined young lady braved through all the struggles and eventually went on to become a successful athlete. She trains for four hours every day with the goal of one day winning medals for her country in the Paralympic Games.
List 5 reasons this person is awesome:
- Even when she was in Yunnan, struggling to get on in life without legs, she didn’t let her physical handicap get her down.
- Her disability didn’t stop her from winning one gold and two silver medals at the 2009 National Swimming Championship for the Disabled.
- In 2014, Qian won the 100m breaststroke final during the Yunnan Provincial Paralympic Games.
- Qian’’s success may mark the changing fortunes for China’s disabled – her inspirational story made her a young role model for China’s disabled.
- There’s more to Qian than just sports – she knows the importance of studying hard and never grouches in training although she was confronted with many difficulties at the beginning.
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