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Paralympic hopeful helps local residents out of the starting blocks

12 July 2017

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After narrowly missing out by 700th of a second for a place at this year’s World  Para Athletic Championships, a Paralympic hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 has taken time out of her hectic training regime to give Hanover residents from Mayflower Court an exercise master class.

During the session she proved that age and disability are no barrier to staying fit and healthy in later years.

Born with cerebral palsy, 23-year–old Robyn Lambaird has faced her fair share of challenges. Thanks to the support of friends and family, however, she has turned what might be seen as a disadvantage into an opportunity to motivate others.

During the masterclass, which was attended by Hanover Chair Dr Stuart Burgess, Robyn recounted her life story. She emigrated to Australia at the age of ten before taking on a fitness regime which has allowed her to rise to seventh in the world in Para Athletics.

When she is off the track, Robyn represents her state in wheelchair rugby and has featured as a model and commentator Teen Vogue, The Guardian, The Mighty, and The West Australian.

Following the exercise class Robyn treated the residents to a demonstration of wheelchair sprint techniques and stunts she uses to improve her speed, strength and agility.

Among the residents who attended the session 54–year-old Michael Haslock said: 'It is truly fantastic to be inspired by someone so young. When I first came here I was in a similar position after a stroke. For some time, I couldn’t speak and needed to rely on my wheelchair to get around.

'However after receiving some fantastic care and support from the Mayflower Court housing and care team, and a strict rehabilitation programme, I haven’t used a wheelchair for some time.'

Dr Stuart Burgess, Chair of Hanover Housing Association, said: 'I enjoyed meeting Robyn and the residents. For someone so young Robyn is an inspiration to us all. I am sure she is destined for great things.'