Raquel Began competing in the Regional athletics championships for the Disabled at the age of 12, competing in both track and field events until the age of 15, collecting a total of 11 medals, 7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Track events included the 100 meters and the 4 x 4 hundred meters relay in which her and her team mates took home gold.
Other events included the javelin where she achieved gold 2 years in a row, also gaining silver for the second highest time in a wheelchair slalom event.
Raquel Says “I am a very sporty person and feel very proud to achieve all that I have in life so far, I think that’s where my passion to want to challenge myself comes from”. I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to compete and it will be something I will always look back on as a real personal achievement”.
Raquel also began horse riding from a young age collecting rosettes from entering several gymcarnas.
“I love horse riding and hope to start it up again in the future as I miss it”
“I thrive on challenges, if someone tells to me I am not able to do something it makes me more determined to prove them wrong. In my experience some people tend to patronize others with a disability and wrap them up in cotton wool instead of embracing new ideas and pushing the boundaries, showing them something that introduces them to the importance of creativity and challenging certain stereotypes. I am dedicated to my work and whenever I have an idea I try to introduce people to the concept and let them decide whether they wish to work with it.”
“Everyone can achieve there own individual goals to a certain degree. I try not to dismiss ideas because for every person that might think something is not possible there will be someone somewhere that believes its worth trying”