Because it’s Friday and I’m so sure none of us want to get all deep and “think-y” on a Friday–I’m gonna declare today “Support Movement Friday,” which basically boils down to, I’m going to scour the internets for the coolest video/pics of women ‘doing movement’ and post it here. You are then going to ooh and ahh over the amazing fantastic beauty that is women moving–and then we will talk together to find ways to support ALL women in “movement.”
For this first Friday, we have the ALWAYS amazing super heroine wheelchair racing diva: Diane Roy. I first heard about Diane at the 2004 International Paralympics and followed her through to the Paralympics that just took place again this year. She almost finished her career with a stunning gold medal race.
Unfortunately, the crash at the end of the race caused a protest which resulted in a race ‘redo.’ The second time around, Roy still managed a silver–but it was a tough blow for her to deal with.
“I talk with a lot of athletes, coaches and people with experience and [they say] it’s the first time it’s happened like this. There was a crash in Athens … and they didn’t rerun the race. It happens when we race long distances. It’s an accident. It’s ridiculous.
“What will happen when we have other races with a big pack and there’s a crash. Every time they will rerun the race?” (via: http://www.sportmedbc.com/community/blog/?p=232)
Roy started racing shortly after she became disabled:
“I like to do a lot of races. I feel good with that,” she said. “I like the competition and I like the sport. I did sport when I was young. So after the accident, I decided to try wheelchair racing. I love it.” (via: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/paralympics/2008-09/09/content_7010868.htm)
Clearly, having access and community support to racing has been very important for Roy. If she were somebody who lived in a country without universal health care (cough cough, pick up the pace U.S.!), she may not even have access to a wheelchair, much less all the different tools that are required for her to compete and get to competitions (I currently have two friends who are using donated wheelchairs because their health care package does not cover wheelchairs and they couldn’t afford them).
So, my Friday “supporting movement” questions: For those of us who do not have access to universal health care how do we embrace movement when movement may literally cost an arm or a leg? And in general, how do we make movement accessible to women who are poor, or up against some other access issues? Is there something *you* do that could help other women (whether it’s constructing your own tools to move or that you belong to an awesome organization)?