A golden visit to local health centre

Posted: November 10 2016

Paralympic gold medallist Jess Stretton visited healthcare staff who helped towards her Rio 2016 journey.

A golden visit to local health centre

An inspirational visit by Paralympic gold medallist Jess Stretton to the Pat Lewis Child Development Centre in Hemel Hempstead. From left: Francesca Martin, 12, Kallie Martindale, 6, Julie Owen, Children’s Physiotherapist, Jess Stretton, Lillie-Mai Sturges, 5, Janet Hislop, retired Paediatric Consultant and Caitlin Thorpe, 9.

“You have to give lots of things a go to see what you are good at. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, you find a way to overcome it.”

Those are the words of Jess, as she inspired other children with disabilities during a visit to the Pat Lewis Child Development Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Jess who won gold in the women’s W1 archery in Rio 2016, was invited to the centre by her former physiotherapist to share her success with staff and families invited to attend.

Julie Owen, Children’s Physiotherapist at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, said: “I have known Jess since she was a little girl and first diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of seven.

“Watching her confidence grow over the years has been fantastic and I am very proud of her achievements.

“It was great to see Jess back at the centre to inspire other children with similar conditions like hers. We were even able to get Jess’ former paediatric consultant to visit who has since retired from the Trust.”

 

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