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Elizabeth Wright

Paralympic Medalist, Motivational Speaker, Goal Coach, and Author.

Elizabeth was born in Sydney, Australia, with a birth defect called "Congenital Limb Deficiency," meaning she is missing half her right arm, half her right leg, and a missing finger on her left hand with two finger's fused together. Her doctor's believed her future was already over, but with determined parents, who decided the only option was to raise their new daughter the same way they had raised her older siblings, Elizabeth's future looked exceedingly bright.

Growing up independent and with a strong sense of self belief, Elizabeth has spent her life overcoming the odds to achieve great success in many areas of her life. At the age of 13 Elizabeth decided she wanted to swim at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. With determination and focus she started her swimming career, resulting in her achieving her Paralympic dreams, having competed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games; all in all she walked away with three Paralympic medals (two bronze and a silver).

After retiring from swimming Elizabeth embarked on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a particular focus on the visual representation of the disabled woman's body. Finishing her degree top of her class and with 1st Class Honours, Elizabeth was offered a scholarship to do her Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Whilst studying Elizabeth went on exchange to Leeds University, a place she fell in love with and where she now lives.

Elizabeth is now a motivational speaker who speaks primarily in schools all over the UK, she is also "The Goal Journey Coach," helping people set their goals and plan for success. Elizabeth has published her autobiography, "Ditch the Arm, Keep the Leg" which is available at Oodle Books.

#AllWillSucceed If We Change The Meaning Of Success

What about the child's potential? All of us, from the moment we are born, have an innate potential that we can achieve in life. Depending on whether we are given the right support, conditions, and development, AND Self Belief, we will succeed ... or not
06/12/2016 15:22 GMT

What We Have to Learn from Jo Cox's Tragic Death.

Jo Cox's death on Thursday, along with the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, has been a wakeup call for all of us, in a world where its becoming increasingly apparent that violence is the accepted answer to someone who doesn't agree with you or isn't like you. When did this way of dealing with difference become the norm?
20/06/2016 13:17 BST

Teach our Teens to Love Failure

When you stuff up, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, swim the wrong stroke, what emotions do you feel? You might feel shame, embarrassment, mortification, anger, frustration, and the undeniable urge to give up!
04/05/2016 11:02 BST

Can We Tackle the Cult of Always Having to Be the Best?

This self-assumption about skill, the ability to learn, and the lack of growth mindset, means that with the stress and pressure to perform or be the best, children are at great risk to give up on setting goals and aiming for success on their terms, because they already lack the self-belief that they can grow and achieve.
20/04/2016 15:48 BST

Fear of Failure Does Not Equal Success

Encourage effort over results: Show the pupil that it is effort that is valued more than the end result. Through effort, you can encourage a development of self motivation, the ability to decide on their own goals, and the curiosity to experiment with different methods to achieve outcomes.
01/03/2016 10:29 GMT

The Rise of the Disabled Entrepreneur

I get a sense that there are a lot of frustrated people with disabilities, that genuinely feel that their skills and experience are disregarded in the job market because they are seen as purely a number, a tick in a tick box system.
21/08/2015 11:55 BST

Not All Disabled People Are Old, Right?

Disability does not discriminate, it can affect you no-matter your age, gender, or ethnicity, and anyone who fits the criteria can apply for a blue badge. I know there are people who abuse the system, but let the authorities deal with these people.
13/08/2015 14:00 BST