Hmm I am sadly sitting on the couch doing nothing. I guess I am going to watch Netflix. Hmm what can I watch? I think I will watch my favourite movie for the tenth time this week! Even though I know the movie off by heart, I will still be bored.
My mum and dad tell me that I have to go to swimming lessons. But I don’t want to go. How can I swim with my disability? How can I float in water? If I go in the water and I can’t swim and I can’t float then I will drown.
I decide I have to go to my swimming lessons. I am nervous, scared and terrified of swimming. I can see my new swimming teacher coming towards me. She is holding something in her hands. What could it be? Step by step my teacher is getting closer to me. I notice my teacher is holding a flipper in her hand. I wonder if that is for me. To my surprise she hands me the special flipper. I am as happy as a fish swimming in the ocean. Now it’s time to try my special flipper out.
Splash! I leap off the edge of the pool into the cool, refreshing, crystal clear water. I stretch my legs and feel the flipper. I start to feel more confident in the water as I begin to swim my first lap of the pool, my flipper is working perfectly. It’s fantastic, amazing, brilliant. My swimming teacher tells me to keep practising and maybe I can join the swimming team and race. I might even win a race and get a swimming trophy.
Luckily… luck is on my side and I’ve made it into the swimming team. I have lots and lots of friends at swimming. I am feeling included, happy and confident because I can swim again, all thanks to my special flipper. I used to sit in a dark room on the couch watching Netflix all day long being bored, instead I’m always in the pool, never bored and extremely happy. I love my new life.
Who would believe that a girl with one leg can make a swimming team and win a trophy?