Sportability – What Can You Do?

Posted in: MiScelleny Magazine


Many people view a disability in terms of what they can do rather than what they can’t. If you’re unsure where to start Sportability can help.  Below is Jane Fishlock’s story about how concetrating on what she can do rather than what she can’t has led to quite a few adventures.

Since being diagnosed with MS I have just tried to get on with life, focusing on what I can do, rather than what I can’t. I have had some wonderful new opportunities, including Microlighting, Shooting, all through Sportability, and sailing through Sailability. During the summer I had the wonderful opportunity of getting back on to a Motorbike again.

I used to own my own bike, and it was something I thought I would never do again. I had contemplated selling my leathers but after chatting to new friends I heard about The Bike Experience. This is a Charity which helps disabled motorcyclists ride again. I Booked in to go on to a day at RAF Olidham. I took my Dad for moral support, and also someone to help me get into my leathers!

To say I was nervous was an understatement, but the guys at TBE made me feel so welcome, and instantly put me at ease. I hadn’t ridden for about 3 years and was given an automatic bike, which was great as I didn’t have to worry about changing gear. I started off being shown how they launch and catch me. This needed 100% trust, not only for myself, but the guys who were doing the catching!

I then followed an Instructor, gradually gaining confidence, and by the end of the afternoon I was riding around just as if I didn’t have M.S. It was a wonderful feeling to feel normal and I am now looking forward to another day in the new year. I have tried to focus on the positive and look at what I can do. I am fortunate to have a wonderful family and friends, and with my Christian faith, it helps me to get through the tough days.

Jane Fishlock

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