A woman who was told she would never walk again has proved her doctors wrong by going one step further and learning to pole dance. Georgina Hurst broke her neck in a car crash 20 years ago. She can walk for short distances on crutches but spends most of her time in a wheelchair. One night she dreamt she could pole dance. “I literally had a dream that I was watching a pole dancer. In the dream, I told my friends that I wanted to have a go and they all just looked at me as if to say ‘aw bless her.’ Then I got out of my wheelchair and did it,” says Georgina Hurst. “The dream was so powerful, that when I woke up, I researched some local classes and just got on with it. Honestly, it’s been so liberating.” "I knew I had to give it a try," she said. "I hate my chair. People just treat you like a 'disabled person'." With the help of dance teacherHayley she has now mastered some of the trickiest moves in poling including the triple spin. Go Georgina! Follow your dreams!
The teenage girls of a village in southern India, frustrated by a cycle of poverty, alcoholism, and despair that had left it in squalor, have taken matters into their own hands! Since they decided to take over running much of the village, the self-titled "young girls' club" of Thennamadevi has been transforming village life. In the past six months, they have fixed the village's street lights, conducted a village health audit and arranged for visits by mobile clinics, found support for a new library which is currently under construction, and are petitioning the regional government for better access to public transportation. A number of the girls are also mentoring their younger peers; among them, 16-year-old Rajendhiran Sridevi who says that she teaches them "life skills such as personal hygiene, self-discipline and menstrual issues." The young women are determined to improve life for everyone in Thennamadevi and give themselves better options for the future. As club member Gowsalya Radhakrishnan explains, “By not accepting our fate we will give others the knowledge they can shape the future.” Through the work of their club, the girls hope to show Thennamadevi’s young people that there is hope. “The youngsters know that somebody has to do these things for the community,” says Sathiya Babu, a deputy project director of the anti-poverty non-profit Scope India. “These girls are taking control of running the village. They want change.”
They don’t kid around when they talk about the power of God. A 77-year-old former nun in Australia set a powerlifting record in 2013 — 90 pounds on the bench press, 110 on the squat and almost 200 on the deadlift. Late last year, at age 77, Marion Keane has again won her category of Powerlifting Australia’s national competition (Australian Women’s Raw Masters age:70+). Marion says she joined a gym in 1995 for the first time as a way to cope with her husband’s illness. (She left the sisterhood at 36 and married her husband a year later.) “It makes me feel stronger — and that’s one of my goals, to get fitter and stronger. As I age I want to keep my independence,” Keane says. That, and she gets a kick out of impressing the youngsters at the gym. “All the young ones come up to me and [say]: ‘You know, I hope I can do what you do when I’m in my 70s because…you’re my inspiration,'” she says. “So that kind of motivates me.”
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