In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #6 - James Roberts
On the podcast, I talk to James Roberts. He is an online training and nutrition coach but was an elite Paralympic athlete for just over a decade.
James was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia and a floating hip of the left leg as well as scoliosis of the spine.
He has been lucky enough over those years to have represented Great Britain at countless World Championships and 2 Paralympics Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) to just name a few.
He started out in his sporting career as a swimmer, and progressed on to other Paralympic sports, such as rowing and sitting volleyball.
He competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, finishing fifth in the trunk and arm classification in adaptive rowing.
He also competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, finishing 8th in the sitting volleyball. More recently he has begun playing wheelchair basketball for local side Rhyl Raptors.
That’s an impressive resume.
But James has also suffered from feelings of low self-worth around his body, and anxiety.
As a teenager he would hide his disability avoiding wearing shorts in summer and would struggle to explain his disability to others.
And a recent health scare found him struggling with anxiety.
Through daily meditation, concentrating on his breathing to get in touch with his thoughts and emotions he has learned to see his thoughts just as thoughts passing through his mind.
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