Gary Clarke is a support worker who has been working for United Response for three years. He has cerebral palsy and, alongside his day job, actively competes in strongman competitions such as the World’s Strongest Disabled Man. Here, he tells us what keeps him motivated.
I really enjoy my job and feel that I make a valuable contribution to the lives of the people we support with learning disabilities here in Ilminster, Somerset.
What makes my situation unique is the fact that I was born with cerebral palsy. The condition mostly affects my balance, fine motor skills and coordination, so I have walking aids to assist me in getting around. I believe that, when you have a disability, it is so important to think outside the box; you may not do things in a conventional way, but as long as the job is done – and done well – it’s the end result that matters.
I am a very motivated and driven individual who doesn’t let a minor thing like cerebral palsy stand in my way. I apply this self-motivation both in my work and in my strongman exploits.
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