Trauma talks: Amanda Wilson 10/7/22 Invercargill

This talk was something I saw on a friend’s Facebook page, reposted from someone she knew through horsey circles. Obviously I do not rotate in those circles so Amanda was completely unknown to me.

I also did not really have any specific expectations about this talk, but wow, the content really did blow my mind. I will do my best to summarise based on the notes I took on the day.

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Matariki light show Invercargill 2022

This year was the first year that Matariki (Māori New Year) was celebrated as a public holiday. It is related to the lunar calendar and the rising of the Pleiades star cluster. This usually happens late June/ Early July.

This is a 35 second short video of the Matariki light displays in Queens Park. Friday 24/6 was Matariki this year and this was the day that the light show opened. It runs for 4 days. 

I ran into two issues with this as a disabled person.

  1. The roads close to the park gates were closed. So I had to park a long way away – not ideal when I can’t walk far. When I got to the traffic control to complain they said oh, you should have driven up to here, we would have let you through. Well a road sign would have been nice, I’m not a mind reader.
  2. There was a one way system over a small bridge at the duck pond. This was not made obvious to me till I had walked a long way in the other direction to be turned back saying the bridge was one way the other way. The arrow I was meant to see was on the floor, in the dark under the masses of feet of the crowds around me. Not helpful.

Simple little things can ruin your experience when you’re disabled.

#215 Some of my planning and focus tips, plus my racing decision: REVEALED

I have been asked a heck of a lot – how I stay so positive and focussed. Today I drop a few of my strategies in there plus, reveal after a looooooong deliberation – what I have decided to do about return to racing – either as a para- or not as a para.

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#200 Amputee lock down life: virtual racing

Well it’s been an eventful week here in Southern NZ. A snap lock down with next to no warning, races cancelled and everything went virtual. Here’s how this amputee is spending her time!

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#193 Matariki, mind games & a balancing act!

Matariki signals the Māori New Year and has connections with the lunar calendar. From next year it is being added as a New Zealand public holiday for the first time. This week I have been working hard on self belief, getting past mental barriers.. and of course.. still trying to balance (but I have adopted an entirely different approach this time!)

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