Siobhan Terry | Sport2021
Kia Ora my name is Siobhan Terry.
I am a para swimmer from Rotorua, I am the youngest of seven siblings and I was born with a clubfoot. At the age of two I moved to Australia and attended primary school before returning to New Zealand in 2013. From a young age I was involved in all forms of sports, such as, Biking, gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and cross country, and even dancing. In more recent years I went back to my routes as a swimmer and continue to make a splash today.
Growing up I knew nothing about Para sports, I was extremely competitive in all fields and I competed as if I where abled. Although there would be times where it would show as being a limitation that never stopped me from pushing beyond the boundaries and aiming to get ahead.
Living this way for so long and then finding out about para sports in 2015 was the most incredible feeling, I was able to feel a sense of connection and belonging to sports. This was the moment I knew that I had to make this a part of my lifelong journey. From my experiences I have learnt a whole new meaning to pushing boundaries, and a whole new meaning to community. Without all the people around me, the support and kindness, I can 100% say that I would not be where I am today without them.
My values lye with the friendships that I have made along the way, and to my family who have been there through it all. Using my experiences, I want to help other para athletes by creating pathways and inspiring them to reach beyond.
To help someone achieve even the smallest of steps is what I love about sports, “It is the smallest steps that overtime move mountains,” Peter A. Cohen