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So busy – so much has happened!

I can only say that there has been so much happening since i last posted a blog that the best way for you all to hear about is to set aside some time and listen to it all here 🙂

oh and if you decide that you would like me to come and speak, i would be privileged and honoured 🙂

Have and awesome day

Claire 🙂

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Are you without limits?

It has been a super massive week or two but it has also been super, super cool! Sometimes I wonder though, if other 11 year olds have as many questions in their heads as I do (hahaha). My question at the moment for all of who care to read what I write is….
Are you without limits?
The reason that I am thinking about this is because I am trying understand why it seems that a lot of people do have limits and why I am expected to?
In August last year I had an idea. At the time I didn’t really know what my “Really Big Idea” was going to translate into and I also didn’t know or really think that to much would come out of it, but what I did know was that I wasn’t happy about the way things were going, especially when it came to the way both adults and kids treated one on the soccer field and at school when it came to me needing to think outside of the box so that I could participate. I want to share with you a bit of what I wrote about how was feeling at the time, and why.  This is part of a letter that I wrote and sent to some very special people in the football world, asking for their help. This letter was specifically sent to the a very special lady, Heather Reid, CEO of Capital Football. Now wont put the whole thing here because it was very, very long, and this is going to be a long blog as it is, but don’t worry the important parts will be included 🙂
“I have thinking lots lately as you about ways that I might be able to encourage others, I want to encourage other kids in particular but even more again I want to encourage kids that have disabilities, impairments or other things going on that make them think they cant do stuff.”  
I have had a lot of time between being off school because of migraines and different Dr’s appointments and tests to have a really good think. I am glad that it has all settled down and I am glad that we know what can and cant be done, but one of the problems that I have come across is that I don’t fit into many of the categories that the Doctor’s or even sports teams use.”
my team mates are struggling with my audible ball. I don’t think I should have to ask to use it, but then maybe I should if my vision impairment affects others? And then there is the other problem of disability football in Canberra, there is no blind football league in Canberra, yes there is a league that includes people with Cerebral Palsy and maybe I think things like down syndrome, but I don’t have those problems. And even if there was a kids blind/low vision football league I wouldn’t fit into their rules either.”
Its the same with girls verses boys in sport, the boys at my school think they are so much than us girls, (I want to find the rules in audio format so that I can teach them a thing or two), but they think that because they are get to participate in far more than we do on different teams. Why do boys think they are better anyway?” 
“I think that their are a lot of people that need to change there way of thinking, why should anyone have to fit into someone else idea of who can or cant play football? ” 
“I was originally thinking of doing some kind of fundraiser for Vision Australia, but after talking to Mum and writing a lot of this stuff down I actually think there is something more important than that that I want this to be about. I want this to be about inclusion, I want everyone to know that everyone should be able to play. And when I was talking to you I was talking about doing a 24 hour Soccerathon, But after doing some research I actually think it would be great to a soccerathon that breaks the Guinness world record, cause the last record was set by boys.”
Now I have to tell you I didn’t actually think I would get a reply, I certainly didn’t think I would get reply directly from Heather herself. But then, why shouldn’t I? This is the point of this blog. Mum had originally suggested that I should write a list of my ideas and why’s behind them, I think secretly she was trying to slow me down a bit from hitting the ‘send’ button. She also suggested that because I was run down and hadn’t been feeling to great that maybe it would all be a bit to big for me to handle as well dealing with managing my headaches and school and vision stuff. And maybe she is a little be right be maybe she is a it wrong too. 
I don’t want to be the kid that listens when someone says “oh I don’t think you will be able to do that or that will really hard for you because you have low vision”. I mean why should I have to be that kid? And why should anybody else have to either? The fact is that they shouldn’t. 
For those of you that don’t know I use twitter and now Facebook as well. In the last few weeks while I have been organising FEVER I have been thinking about who might be able to help me promote things so figured apart from Heather Reid and Capital Football, she said yes by the way 🙂 and my own club Tuggeranong United, I thought twitter and Facebook would be good places to start. 
So… firstly I sent a msg to David Campbell asking for his help and if he could come and perform. I loooove David Campbell. Now don’t get too excited cause he cant come, but the point is that he REPLIED! the other point is that that is someone else that I reached, someone else that received the inclusion msg 🙂 A msg was also sent to Kasey Chambers, I haven’t heard back from directly after sending a msg on Facebook, but her management team REPLIED, and again she cant make it either but thats ok cause again even if Kasey Chambers doesn’t know about someone in her office received the inclusion msg 🙂 I also tweeted the funniest lady on the planet, yep thats right ELLEN DEGENERES!! I asked Ellen to ‘follow’ me. Now of course she isn’t yet, but that is no surprise to me simply because she is Ellen, and I have not doubt she has heaps of people ask her for help in doing stuff, but she had tweeted a photo about her hosting the Oscar’s. Now I figure if she is good enough to that then she would be qualified enough to host FEVER right? So I asked her, don’t worry though I tell her she wouldn’t be able to do it in a suit 🙂 Now Ellen probably won’t ‘follow’ me and she probably wont take my request about hosting FEVER seriously either, but guess what?! Ellen clicked on the link and looked at my, (that right a little kid from Canberra) blog!!
Again another person who has received the inclusion msg 🙂
Now imagine this… Most people who are on Twitter on on Facebook have anywhere between 0 and thousands of friends/followers. Imagine if everyone one you shared FEVER with even 10 people. That would hundreds of thousands of people that would receive the inclusion msg!
I was speaking to a new but very thoughtful, kind and wise friend the other day, who made the comment that she thinks I am inspirational. I asked her why she thought that and she said that it was because she should I was fearless. I was a bit surprised by her comment because of course I have fears. My fears aren’t of things like spiders and bugs though they are more of things like not be able achieve the best I can because of limits, my fears are about not being able to do some of things I used to do because of my vision being different now. I guess this is part of my frustration with some people. You see I am meant to have limits that I didn’t choose, but many people I know have them because they choose to have them. I guess this is other point that I want to make. 
and what about wanting to talk to David, Kasey or Ellen or Heather… or being friends with people from the Matilda’s or Canberra United players, or ex Matilda’s or, Moya Dodd, or the Tuggeranong United Football Club Committee… what about wanting to reach out to Pink’s or Katy Perry’s of the world…
I am not just a kid that happens to have friends with important names, I not just a kid that wants to know these professional athletes and celebrities so that I can feel important. In fact I find the whole attention thing on me really hard and challenging, because its not about me its about the change that I believe needs to happen.
Do I think that they would ever really take part? No I don’t.
Do I expect them too because I think everyone has a part to play in this msg? Absolutely!
Do i think that everyone does no matter if they are famous or some kid at my school? Yes Yes and Yes!
Why should I choose to put a limit on myself by not bothering to ask them for their help? Because really the moment I choose to limit myself I also place limits on others. 
I guess at the end of the day this is what the message of inclusion is all about, this what FEVER is all about. It’s about opening up choices and opportunities, its about encouraging others, its about everyone being treated with the same respect as one another! It’s about making sure that we don’t Dis one another’s Abilities.
So.. I challenge you to live with out limits 🙂
Register yourself and a team for FEVER.
Experience playing as a vision impaired person on blind football field.
Share this message with ten friends minimum.
And live expecting respect and expecting people to take part in changing something.
https://www.facebook.com/eyes0fadreamer   https://www.facebook.com/events/449988478456843/
https://twitter.com/eyesofadream  https://eyesofadreamer.wordpress.com/events/
https://eyesofadreamer.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/fever-2014-registration-form.pdf
 
Claire 🙂
 

Fever Fever Fever and feelin the love :)

How cool is the response Fever is getting, thankyou so much everyone 🙂

I’m so excited to accept the role of Ambassador for FEVER. Claire is an absolute inspiration and  FEVER is a chance to spread her message – that we can do absolutely ANYTHING we put our minds to. ~ Natalie Forrest

Hi Claire, great to see you on Facebook! As a former Matilda I’m always excited to meet our biggest fans and future talents! Best of luck with your football and go the Matilda’s!!
Gill x

Claire is a young footballer from the Canberra area. Claire suffers from a significant problem with her eyesight but has worked hard to overcome this problem so that she can play the game she loves. With the help of a special ball plus the support of her family and friends, Claire plays competitive football. Please support her with your friendship.
Thank you – Ross Anderson

dont forget that you find out all the detail here

https://www.facebook.com/events/449988478456843/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

https://eyesofadreamer.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/fever-2014-registration-form.pdf

I’ve got the FEVER have you??

Slide1You might remember me talking and dropping hints about some awesome news, well guess what I can tell you about now 🙂 I have been busting to do this for months just by the way. But here goes…. In what seems like a really long time ago but was really actually probably only in August of last year (actually that is a long time ago) I sent some emails out about creating event that could raise awareness about what it is like for someone with a disability trying to or wanting to play football. If read back through my blog you will read of frustration around trying to use my ball and stay involved in playing, as well dealing with some the stigma and different responses I was receiving from both adults and kids. I also saw it as an opportunity to help raise some money for Capital Football’s ‘Football Connect’ program 🙂 Well guess what guess what guess what!!! After lots of conversations and planning it is really actually going to happen 🙂

There are heaps of places you can find out more and get a hold of a registration form and check out all of the details https://eyesofadreamer.wordpress.com/events/

https://www.facebook.com/eyes0fadreamer

you can also join up here https://www.facebook.com/events/449988478456843/

soon we will have poster available to you, and you will also be able to join via http://home.tufc.org.au/

 

so there will no excuses for not taking part in our first ever….. drum rolllllllll

FEVER 2014 Registration FormSlide1

I am really looking forward to meeting all of you, personally I am super excited to play on a blind football field too 🙂

have and awesome day,

Claire 🙂

Play by the Rules!

I have been reading, watching the news and hearing, a lot lately about professional sports people and teams that are getting themselves in big of trouble. I don’t really understand how they can though. I play sport, for the most part I play football, but I also participate at school in Cricket, AFL, Rugby, and I do triathlons and running events. But every sport I play, their are rules. So why is it and how is that people are getting themselves into such big trouble? Because they don’t need to be.

I find it frustrating because rules are rules, they are there for a reason no matter what sport you play.

Take football for example, yes sometimes there is a bit of love and shove, but that doesn’t mean we (my team mates and opponents) get up and thump one another, we don’t secretly change the score, and we definitely don’t do drugs to help us play better (we are naturally awesome).

Why? Because it isn’t the right thing to do, and because it’s against the rules. My point is… Keep it simple people.

  • Respect you ref’s, coaches, team mates and opposition
  • Be fair
  • Be forgiving
  • Be a good sport
  • PLAY BY THE RULES
  • Have fun 🙂

How hard can it be?

Claire 🙂

My list of “One day’s” Goals are important!

One day I will…

  1. Play football with a regular ball and not miss it because of bad vision.
  2. Train with Canberra United
  3. Hopefully meet and train with Nicole Sykes.
  4. Become a voice for other kids that want to play football.
  5. Go to University!
  6. Be able to memorise 3d nets, volume and mass formulas for maths cause I cant see them.
  7. Master working the sound system at school for assemblies.
  8. Be able to assess unfamiliar environments using my other senses.
  9. Cross the road without using my mobility cane.
  10. Go to a Michael Buble concert .
  11. Be able to volley on my right foot more than 3 in a row! grrr
  12. Train with the Australian Blind football team
  13. PLAY for CANBERRA UNITED!!!

Time to move forward

I have been feeling a bit stuck lately. Stuck in myself, and stuck by myself. It is time to move forward now and become unstuck!

I think Mum was right I needed a break. The thing is though that I don’t want to stop talking or doing, altogether, I want to keep encouraging others because it actually encourages me to stay on track with things.

As some of you know I have had a lot of appointments recently and yes they have been hard work and they have meant I was worried about things. But they needed to happen and I am glad they did because now that I know what is going on it means that I can get onto moving forward.

And even though I don’t know why these things have happened to me I do know what can and can’t be done about them. So… I guess it’s not that important now to know the Why’s, and the What’s but to focus on the How’s.

It was so nice to meet my new Dr, he actually spoke to me about my whole body as well as how I felt about things. I was getting so frustrated with the different tests and Dr’s and organisations looking at me separately, one for my eyes, one for my asthma, one for my headaches etc.  This guy Dr Ian looked at everything together. Before him it kinda felt like we were trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with looking at the picture first. Dr Ian looked at the big picture first worked out where the edges were and how they fit together and then he filled out the middle. For the first time it made sense. He didn’t try to look at everything and find a way to connect it. He just listened to me and Mum and Dad, and then explained things. Nothing was chaotic or complicated, he kept it simple.

So here it is, I am a smaller but mostly healthy kid, I happen to have vision problems, be an asthmatic, and I am a migraine sufferer. There isn’t too much that can be done about any of it other some asthma medication.

So this my plan… I want to try some Vision therapy (it cant hurt right?), and will continue to learn how to adjust to my environment and hope for the best. I will still go to school and try my best, it doesn’t matter what my marks are as long as I do the best that I can. I will play football always (cant wait for Canberra United’s season to start)!! I will continue to want to encourage others to play sport and be the best that they can be. I would really like to work out a way to help and fundraise for Vision Australia, and for others to be included in sport (think I will need help though) and I will continue to smile.

 

Claire 🙂