Recognising two great sportswomen and MS ambassadors

You may have read this week that two MS ambassadors made it in to the list of the Top 100 Australian Sportswomen of All Time. I am thrilled these two women have made the list and been recognised for their sporting prowess.

Betty Cuthbert, four time Olympic gold medallist, came in at number two on the list. The “Golden Girl” of Australian athletics is an amazing woman and contributor to the MS Australia community.

 

Betty Cuthbert and carer Rhonda planting the Betty Cuthbert Rose at Lidcombe in 2010

Betty Cuthbert and carer Rhonda planting the Betty Cuthbert Rose at Lidcombe in 2010.

“…I haven’t been beaten by this disease. You’re never defeated while you have hope. I think I have the same hope today as I had when I ran: the hope of victory, of coming first. I don’t give up easily.” – Betty Cuthbert from her autobiography ‘Golden Girl’

Also making the list is Paralympic Gold Medallist Carol Cooke. Carol is such an active MS Ambassador. Having created the 24 Hour Mega Swim (a fundraiser for MS Australia-ACT/NSW/VIC), she also takes part in a range of other events (including the MS Celebrity Red Ride which starts today) and shares her experiences with the community through the ambassadors program.

Carol Cooke (right) pictured with Dawn Fraser (who was no.1 in the list) at an event last year.

Carol Cooke (right) pictured with Dawn Fraser (who was no.1 in the list) at an event last year.

Carol says “nothing is impossible if we dare to face our fears and believe in ourselves and believe that the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

I agree. I think it is a great thing to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, despite what others (or sometimes ourselves) think about our ability to do so.

What about you?  Have you or someone close to you overcome obstacles to achieve something great? How did it make you feel?

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