I donโ€™t feel that I have a disability. ย Obviously, I do, but I donโ€™t let it affect me to a point that I am not able to do things that I want to do. I just feel like Iโ€™m another normal soccer player. Thatโ€™s how I view it personally. I am always able to do stuff that I want to do, and I have never let that bother me or stop me.

I donโ€™t have to prove anything to anyone. I donโ€™t think teams necessarily go after me because you donโ€™t have to use your arms too much in soccer. Itโ€™s not something like in tennis where they could always hit to my left side. No matter what, I just try and compete at the highest level just like anyone else does on my team.

Iโ€™ve never had two arms, so Iโ€™ve never had to change anything. Iโ€™ve just grown up doing the only thing I know how to do which is running the way I do. I have kind of had to learn on my own because no one in my family or my coaches have one arm.

If someone is showing me something, they canโ€™t show me with one arm. Itโ€™s not possible, so thatโ€™s probably the biggest difference.

I knew I was going to play soccer no matter what.

I did a bunch of sports when I was younger. I did tennis, swimming, soccer and basketball. My dad played soccer in college and my mum basketball. But I just loved soccer so much and loved that I was able to meet new friends and be on a team.

Obviously, you donโ€™t use your hands so much in soccer and that was definitely a benefit. But growing up I chose it more for the love of the game rather than any imperfections or disabilities.

ย Because I knew that whatever I did, I could get through it and I was able to compete. I just donโ€™t make excuses. I donโ€™t want anyone to make excuses for me and that has been my motto -โ€œtreat me like a normal person and donโ€™t feel sorry for meโ€ because I donโ€™t like pity.

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