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Khiry Pascal-Joseph was moved to tears after meeting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at City and Islington College
A disabled student from Tottenham was moved to tears after meeting Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian.
Khiry Pascal-Joseph, 21, met Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, when she visited City and Islington College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, in Holloway.
The 11-time gold-medal winning Paralympian spoke of how despite being in a wheel chair since the age of seven she refused to give in to the limitations society tried to place on her.
Mr Pascal-Joseph, a disabled first-year retail student, was visibly moved during the speech.
The 21-year-old said: “I had heard of Tanni before today and knew that one day I would like to meet her.
“Hearing her speak live was very moving and made her story real.
“For me growing up life has not been easy, but every day I am trying to improve myself and live a good life.
“Tanni’s story has given me the determination to do that and to never give in.”
In her speech Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “When I was first in a wheelchair people told me that I would never go to university and that I would never have children.
“I grew up in the 1970s, when there were no facilities for disabled people and at a time when because I was in a wheelchair people thought I had a contagious disease.”
“My parents fought for me to be given a place at school and won, and ever since I have been passionate about the chances education brings.
“As a result of this chance, I got involved in sport, went to university, have had a career as an athlete, and I now have an 11 year-old daughter.
“It has been an amazing journey and my role ever since has been to do everything I can to give young people the same chance that I had.”
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