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Woman Paralyzed From the Waist Down Becomes an Aerial Gymnast

Playing Woman Paralyzed From the Waist Down Becomes an Aerial Gymnast

An Australian woman paralyzed from the waist down has trained for two years to become an aerial gymnast.

Lauren Watson, now 34, was just 19 when she suffered spinal injuries in a car crash. She was left without most of the sensory and motor function in both of her legs, and got around using a wheelchair.

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But one day, she saw an aerial performance - where gymnasts climb up silks to perform moves - and decided she wanted to give it a go, she told Buzzfeed.

"I thought, 'That has to be impossible, but if I can master it I’ll be able to do anything,'" she said.

After searching for a school that was prepared to teach her the moves, she joined Industry Aerial Arts, and slowly got to work. At first, she was only able to pull herself into a standing position. Even her physiotherapist told her it wasn't possible - but that made her want to push on even harder.

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After two years, she was able to perform incredible moves.

 

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A photo posted by Lauren Watson (@fitnesstofree) on Oct 11, 2015 at 4:41am PDT

 

I'm so lucky to be involved with such a loving & supportive group of people. Last year was the first time I performed & it was the biggest challenge physically I've faced in 14 years. I never thought I could do the things I can again & I wouldn't have been able to achieve them without the support of my aerial crew. Never forget where you started & who helped you get there. #circus #circusfreak #cirque #aeriallove #aerialsilks #aerialhammock #circusinspiration #fitness #yoga #aerialdance #strength #wheelchair @industryaerialarts @ap8actionpact #circusaroundtheworld @circusinspiration #paraplegic

A photo posted by Lauren Watson (@fitnesstofree) on May 7, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT

 

I'm shy!!!! 😋 Throwback from last years SKYFALL show...stay tuned for another exciting event! #aeriallove #aeriallove #lyra #aerialhoop #cirque #circus #aerialsilks #fitness #yoga #wheelchair #wheelchairlife #iamwoman #activeliving #circusphotos #hooplove #training #fitspo #instafitness #active #health #getmoving #selfie #picoftheday #paraplegic #aerialhammock #crossfit #strength #split #flexability #circusinspiration #circusartistcirque

A photo posted by Lauren Watson (@fitnesstofree) on Jul 9, 2015 at 6:20pm PDT

 

She now performs with circus acts, runs a blog to inspire others with disabilitiesand even performed in a music video for Little Fox.

She added: "Disability or not, we are all just people chasing the dream to be the best that we can be with what we have."

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