My journey

My journey

2018 was a great year for me in sport as I achieved far more then I expected to achieve. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my coach Jenny Archer MBE and all the other coaches athletes within the Weir Archer Academy.
Reflecting back on 2018 track season I got PBs (personal bests) in every event and improved with where I sit in the UK and World Rankings. In August I got the amazing opportunity to race for Team CP England at the 2018 CPISRA World Games. At the World Games I got to the opportunity to meet new people and make new friendships with athletes from different countries as well as within team CP England.

So, how did the racing go at the games… Well, I received a silver medal  in the 400m and bronze medal in the 200m. I wasn’t expecting to medal especially after a tough first day of competition due to the fact that I was struggling mentally. After a not great and challenging first day I had to re focus and be confident in what I know I can do. This really helped as I was then able to  achieve what I wanted to achieve after all those hours of training.

With a season to remember what else could I want… Before we knew it, it was December and time for Christmas and to celebrate an incredible year with family and friends. Little did I know that there was some more amazing news around the corner!!
As of the 6th of December 2018 I was invited to the Pride of Sport Awards 2018, which was being held at the Grosvenor  House Hotel in London. I was nominated for an award by my coach Jenny Archer and then all nominees went to an independent panel for judging. I’m pleased, and still amazed, to announce, that I won Young Sportsperson of the Year 2018.
This was the highlight of the year, not just for me also my parents.Winning this award has shown that whatever disability you have, or however tough/challenging your journey has been, from the start, you can always achieve. And that anything is possible with a smile and determination.
This is only the beginning of my incredible journey. There is no doubt that without the support and strength from all my family, friends and of course, the inspirational team Weir Archer, I wouldn’t  be who I am today or be achieving what I’m achieving.

Olivia Gallagher (left) and parents with her Young Sportsperson Award at the Pride of Sport Awards 2018 at the Grosvenor House hotel, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

” Don’t see disability as a barrier because having a disability shouldn’t stop you from achieving what you want to achieve, yes it might take you longer but it will be worth it”.
 
Roll on the 2019 season with all it’s challenges and memories it will create, I’m ready as ever!!

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