Despite his disability, there isn't much Nick Vujicic can't do...
Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and one tiny stump on his left hip, but has learned to play football, swim and even surf. Vujicic also enjoys the occasional round of golf, having mastered striking the ball using a club nestled under his chin.
The 26-year old is mainly torso but has a small foot on his left hip which helps him balance and, kick, write, type,and pick things up.
When it comes to swimming, Vujicic claims that his lack of limbs are actually an advantage as he is has more flotation and can use his foot as a “propeller”.
During a trip to Hawaii in 2008, he also learned to surf with help from professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who had her arm bitten off by a shark when she was 12. His ability to pull off 360 degree spins on his board got him on the front cover of Surfer magazine.
Describing his lesson with Miss Hamilton, he said:
“She was amazing. I was terrified at first, but once I got up there it felt absolutely fantastic and I caught some waves pretty well…
“I have a very low center of gravity so I’ve got pretty good balance.”
Vujicic owes a lot to his stump:
“I call it my chicken drumstick,” he joked.
“I’d be lost without it. When I get in the water I float because 80 per cent of my body is lungs and my drumstick acts as a propeller.”
Vujicic, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, but now lives in Los Angeles, USA, was disabled at birth by a rare condition called Phocomelia.
But from a young age his parents helped him become independent, teaching him to swim and creating gadgets to allow him to write and type.
“My dad put me in the water at 18 months and gave the courage to learn how to swim…
“I also got really into football and skateboarding. I totally love the English Premier League.”
His parents also insisted that he attend a mainstream school in Australia, where he was teased and bullied. He graduated with a degree in Financial Planning and Real Estate.
“It was the best decision they could have made for me…
“It was very hard but it gave me independence.”
Mr Vujicic is now a motivational speaker and has traveled to over 24 countries speaking to groups of up to 110,000 people.
In 1990 he won the Australian Young Citizen of the Year award for his bravery and perseverance.
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