My name is Alex Hovden, I am a 19 year old disabled athlete from Southampton. I was born with the condition Cerebral Palsy, which causes involuntary movements to my right limbs. As a result, I only have full use of one limb – my left arm.
Being a disabled person presents a wide variety of challenges to my everyday life; from simple things like doing up my shoe-laces to more challenging adventures such as co-ordinating and undertaking a full-blown sporting campaign.
In 2005, I discovered the world of sailing. As a sport for people with disabilities, sailing is an excellent way to be challenged both mentally and physically. For me, it provides freedom from my wheelchair that otherwise I would not really have.
Sailing also provides me with an opportunity to involve myself in elite level sport, with a view to reaching the prestigious high-performance Team GBR (i.e. the British Paralympic team!). More information on my sailing efforts is provided in this website.
I am also a student studying for a 4 year Physics degree at the University of Southampton. Being at one of the top research based universities in the country is a perfect chance to immerse myself in the frontier of scientific discovery and development. I may well decide in the future to progress into a scientific research career.
Please take a look around this website, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or to comment on any of the themes raised in any of my blog posts.
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