We love to do our bit to help local athletes, that’s why we’re supporting Paralympic hopeful 19-year-old Amber Meikle-Janney.
Amber, a KAL member for 10 years, has always enjoyed skiing, but when she was diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia she needed to find an alternative way to ski.
Her mum, Sally, said: “Before Amber was a disabled skier she did ski recreationally and just for fun. When her disability started to affect her there was some really deep and dark moments and Amber needed something to take her mind away from her disability.”
Not only is skiing harder for Amber, but it’s not as accessible.
Sally said: “If you’re an able bodied skier you can just go and rent skis and pay for a session, it’s different when you’re disabled, you need to have a lesson. When Amber had her first lesson she hated it, she kept falling off!”
Amber added: “I now have no voluntary movement from the mid-chest down, so I am unable to stand or walk, and use a wheelchair to get around.”
Amber hasn’t let her disability prevent her from succeeding, with her determination and drive seeing her through countless competitions.
Her mum added: “We always joked that one day Amber would be in the Paralympics and when her coach said “If she wanted to that’s possible” that we thought about doing it.
“The next Paralympic Games are in four years and Amber needs to qualify so for now it’s just a case of attending as many competitions as possible.”
If you’ve been inspired by Ambers story and you’d like to donate to help her get to the Paralympics, click here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ambermeiklejanney
Lindsi Blakeman, Customer Acquisition Manager at KAL said: “KAL are passionate about helping people achieve their potential in sport and fitness so we’re happy to support local athletes like Amber. We hope that our facilities will help Amber on her Paralympic journey.”