CP Sport collected a range of profiles from people with CP that participate in sport, as well as profiles from coaches, physiotherapists and parents of players to use as promotional material during the #CPAwarenessMonth. We aim to encourage more people with CP to take part in sport by sharing positive stories and delivering opportunities.
Role: Athlete (International Para Dressage Rider)
About me: My name is Jasmine. I’m 28 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy from birth. When I was a very young baby, my family were told I wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or achieve most mundane tasks. With encouragement from my family, I wouldn’t be the girl I am today. They’ve made me capable mentally, to fight for the things I want to do in life.
How I benefit from playing sport: Sport helps me with my cerebral palsy, my condition plays up more on some days than others, it’s my way to escape! But sometimes, if I’m in too much pain, I cannot ride! But we deal with that at the time, but alI can say to people that have cerebral palsy never give up never ever give up. That’s my motto. 💚
The impact sport has had on my life:
My ultimate love in life is horses and to become a member of the Para Olympic team in dressage. I have a dressage pony Dollar who’s taught me from a young age the skills of dressage I’ve been a member or the RDA riding for the disabled for many years, Dollar and I won the RDA Championships together then went to Hartpury College and came fourth out of the country at the Nationals event.
My ambitions in sport: Last year I had a injury to my shoulder and neck with a few other issues alongside, so recovering wasn’t easy but we got there after nearly a year! I now share Fly who’s a para dressage horse who’s teaching me my next step up in dressage aiming towards our dream goal the Paralympics. Our journey together so far has been incredible, and I hope it continues.
What would you say to others with CP about playing sport: I can say to people that have cerebral palsy never give up never ever give up. That’s my motto. 💚