Ayaz Bhuta: Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian
#8. Ayaz Bhuta: Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian
About The Episode
We really enjoyed speaking with Ayaz. Faced with hardship from birth, he has maintained a positive mindset. Ayaz shares a number of stories where he has been held back or not had the support he needed, however he kept proving people wrong. His determination and hard work was rewarded when he was called up to Team GB and compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Ayaz is an inspiration. Being a Muslim athlete, he ensures that Islam and his faith are integrated with his professional endeavours. He is active in his community, speaking at schools to promote disability sports. In addition to this he acts as an ambassador for a homeless outreach programme and raising awareness about being a Muslim with a disability. He is proof you can achieve great things regardless of any impairments people may have.
If you could introduce a new Olympic or Paralympic sport, what would it be?
Some Questions Asked
– What is Roberts Syndrome?
– What is Wheelchair Rugby and how is it played?
– How he maintains a strong mindset?
– How is it dealing with being disabled in a Muslim / South Asian Community?
– Tell us about your transformation to becoming a professional athlete and competing at the highest level
– What role has Islam played in the success you have had?
– What are your key tips are for anyone going through hardship or struggles?
“I want to bridge that gap of being a Muslim and having a disability, I want people to know that anything can be achieved, no matter what impairment you have”
In This Episode You Will Learn
– View of the world via the eyes of a person with disabilities – Dealing with acceptance and integrating into society
– The life of a professional athlete and disability sports
– How to gain confidence
– Quitting your job and pursuing the life of professional sports
– Disability in some Muslim communities
– How can you help people with disabilities integrate into society
– How Ayaz transformed himself from being unfit to being a athlete playing Wheelchair Rugby
– Speaking out, embracing your faith and integrating it in your workplace
– Dealing with depression and hardship
Quick Fire Round
– What’s your ritual before a competitive game?
– What product or item have you purchased in the last few months has really helped you?
– Your must have item when travelling for a competition?
– Superman or Batman?
– Winning your first gold at the European Championships or taking part at the Rio Paralympics?
– Most memorable moment in the Rio 2016?
“People are accepting, no matter what faith, colour or religion you are. Disabled or not, people will accept you”
What do you want your legacy to be?
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