殘奧會金牌得主獲得塞奇菲爾德的自由

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殘奧會金牌得主獲得塞奇菲爾德的自由

"31歲的史密斯說:"我喜歡橄欖球,所以我去參加了我的第一次訓練,我很糟糕--我第一次去的時候幾乎不能推椅子,所以我坐在那裡看着其他人,感覺很泄氣。

"但我不斷地去,不斷地去,變得更好,並愛上了它,意識到輪椅橄欖球給了我很多東西,我學會了如何與我的殘疾一起生活。"

這位運動員的癌症在2020年復發,如果不是因為大流行病而將運動會推遲一年,他將錯過去東京的機會。

史密斯在新年榮譽名單中成為MBE,周一在他以前的學校--塞奇菲爾德小學--被鎮議會授予塞奇菲爾德的自由。

"他說:"我從來沒有想到過,這是一個瘋狂的榮譽,在牆上掛上牌子,回到學校,感覺很好。

"所有的記憶都湧上心頭,大廳的氣味依然如故,與孩子們交談--希望我的故事能鞭策他們追尋自己的夢想。"

10歲的小學生索菲說,史密斯 "非常勇敢 "地開始了輪椅橄欖球運動,他向人們展示了 "你不必放棄,不必沮喪,不必停止做他喜歡的事情"。

同學凱登補充說:"我認為這很好,即使有障礙,他也能適應並追求他的橄欖球事業,他的人生故事真的讓我思考--他沒有放棄,他適應了一切。"

"我總是試圖計劃我的出路,我喜歡結構,我喜歡沉思,這就是我的生活方式,我想這就是幫助我度過困難時期的原因。"


"I loved rugby so I went along for my first session and I was terrible - I could barely push my chair the first time I went, so I sat there watching everyone else feeling deflated," Smith, 31, said.

"But I kept going back and back and got better and fell in love with it and realise how wheelchair rugby has given me so much, I've learned how to live with my disability."

The sportsman, whose cancer returned in 2020, would have missed out on going to Tokyo had the games not been postponed for a year because of the pandemic.

Smith, who became an MBE in the New Year Honours List, was presented with the freedom of Sedgefield at his former school - Sedgefield Primary School - by the town council on Monday.

"I never expected it, it's a crazy accolade and it's nice having a plaque on the wall and being back at school," he said.

"All the memories came flooding back, the hall still smells the same and speaking to the kids - hopefully my story can spur them on to follow their dreams."

Ten-year-old school pupil Sophie said Smith was "very brave" to have started wheelchair rugby and he had shown people "you don't have to give up and be depressed and stop doing what he loved".

Fellow pupil Kayden added: "I think it's great that even with obstacles in the way he's adapted and pursued his career in rugby, his life story really made me think - he didn't give up, he adapted to everything."

"I always try and plan my way out of things, I like structure, I like to contemplate and that's how I live my life and I guess that's what's helped me get through the harder times."

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