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Three Completely Blind Little Girls Finished the Triathlons with the Crowd, Cheering Them on

Here, we have a story of inspiration, on three young ladies, who live up to the name of being handi-CAPABLE, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

“I don’t just want to cheer the competitors on”, the words of these young women made the head of the sponsor of the triathlon allow them to compete.

Not being able to see, but they can still run, swim, and ride bicycles, the three young elementary school girls entered into the junior triathlon competitions yesterday, all three of them managed to make it across the finishing lines, the moment they were given their medals, the three little girls were so happy that they’d shown the victory gestures, “We could do it too!”

The Man in Charge of the Lions’ Club: This, is Probably the First Instance in Taiwan

“This is probably the very first time that the visually-impaired had competed in the triathlons”, the president of the Lions’ Club who’d sponsored this event said, the three young girls were originally planning on competing with the regular kids, but the parents complained how it wouldn’t be fair, and so, the three girls made themselves into “Team Angels”.  Taking from the examples of the international standards of triathlon in a set place, they’d used the treadmills, the spinning wheels, to allow the children to finish the 2.5K run, and the cycling of five kilometers, and they’d needed to swim for twenty-five meters.

The twelve year old, Yang, the ten-year-old, and the seven-year-old, Liang, these three little angels were all in Coach Shao-Chang Chen’s swim class.  Chen said, these three young kids, because they were born prematurely, had lost their sight, and were once very concerned about the issues of safety because of their vision impairments, and so, NO triathlon competitions took their registrations.

“I don’t want to just cheer anymore,” Liang’s words had made her coach, Chen helped to make their dreams come true.

Tzi-Ling Yang: at First in Practice, I Keep on Bumping My Head into the Walls

Tsi-Ling Yang told the papers, that when she first started to practice her swimming, she’d kept hitting her head into the walls; now, not only could she manage to swim the whole way, after she’d climbed out of the pools, she could use the different textures, to guide her to where she’d entered the pools on her own.

Chen said, that for the visually impaired children to train in the triathlon, they take twice the time compared to the regular children.  Because they couldn’t see, and lacked the balance, they’d kept falling on the treadmills, they’d swum in an S-shaped way, other than having them wear earphones as they swam, and holding the coach’s hand as they ran, the rest is practice, practice, AND more practice.

Si-Chia Lin: I Feel Like a Rocket

Si-Chia Lin said, the triathlons are very fun, when running on the treadmills, and cycling, “I feel like a rocket, at high-speed.”  The end results of her competition was twenty-five minutes, and her coach told her, that it is equivalent to the third place in the regular competitors’ competition, she told him happily, “I want to compete again next time.”

Yu-Han Liang: I’m Not Tired, I Want to Finish This Swim on My Own

“I’m not at all tired, I can keep going.”, the youngest, Liang, although sweat was crawling all over her forehead, but, her fulfillment is written on her face.  She was the slowest to finish, but insisted on receiving help from no one else, “I want to finish the swim on my own, the pool is very warm, it feels good”, everybody there was cheering her on.  Chen the coach said, he realized, that the blind children not only didn’t get beaten out by the regular children, they’d cherished every time they were able to practice too, and are unafraid of the hardships that come their ways.  He’d asked the kids to get through the competitions on their own, because after they grow up, “They must rely on themselves for everything.”

And so, these three young women had the chance, to live their dreams, with the accommodations made for them, of course, and, it took them a lot of hard work, a ton of practice, and, they’d finished the race, and, they should be proud of themselves.

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He Wasn’t Beaten by His Bad Eye Sight, Instead, He Was Able to Use the Lens, to See the World Better

A person with a disability, and yet, look how he was able to overcome his difficulties in life???  From the Newspapers, translated…

The fourth year student from the education department of the Taipei City Public University of Education, Huang, when he was only five, he’d lost his sight in his left eye, and, he was legally blind on his right eye.  Back in middle school, he fell in love with photography, and would carry a camera wherever he goes, and captured the world he couldn’t normally see clearly, through the lenses of his camera.  In the future, he hoped to become a therapist, to help more people who are like him, handicapped.

Huang was thankful to his father, who’d given him a camera when he was in middle school, to help instill the love for photography in him.  “I can capture the beautiful things I saw with the lens of my camera”, he said, that with the elongating of the lenses, he is able to enlarge the object he wanted to see clearer, “and capture that instant eternity”.

During his class trip in middle school, he had captured the butterflies, getting the honey from the flower in Taipei and Kenting, and this won him the first place and the special prize in the Agricultural Department’s Photography Competition, and it’d boosted his own confidence toward his photographing abilities.  He’d taken the basics in photography when he went to the school for the blind in high school, and, at graduation, he’d earned the prestigious mayor award.

Huang used his spare time from classes now, to take part in the remodeling and the recording of the process of fixing up a cultural site.  From the taking down of the building, he’d gone to the sites with his camera twice a week, and the remodeling process, he’d gone to the site once a week, to take note of the progress, and, in the eleven-month long remodeling process, he’d gone to the sites fifty-five times, and through his lens, he was able to tell the hardships that nobody would know about fixing up an ancient building, and he’d showed the photographs of the glorious days that the ancient building had once had.

Huang is also a swimming expert, at age five, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but he conquered the multitude of barriers before him, worked hard to practice, and became the representative of his college class.  He’d described himself as the “One-Eyed Manta Ray”, that he will continue to challenge himself, to see how far he can actually swim.

So, here, is still a young man, who didn’t get beaten down by his disability, instead, he’d turned his disability into a driving force, to help him succeed in things normal people weren’t even capable of.

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