TEDx 2015: Disability; more than meets the eye

Great Hall, Aston Webb
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Students
Saturday 21st March 2015 (10:00-16:30)
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Ticket price: £20 (£14 students)

Paralympic Champion Pamela Relph discusses the changing perceptions of people with disabilities and how that has been affected by the media.

Speaker Bio:

relph-pamPamela Relph (Physics, 2011) is a member of the Great Britain Paralympic Rowing Team.

Pam was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at a young age and has severe degeneration in her right hand and wrist.

Until recently Pamela was on an army scholarship which saw her attend Birmingham to study Physics and Astronomy, with a view to joining the Royal Engineers as an engineering officer. Unfortunately in 2010 this career path was cut short due to her disability. Pam’s older sister Monica, an international GB Rower herself, encouraged Pam to enquire into classification for Paralympic rowing. It was from there that Pam began her career as a full time athlete.

Within 10 months of taking her first rowing stroke, Pam was crowned World Champion in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed 4 (LTA4+) classification. The following year Pam, along with her crew fought their way against tough opposition to win Gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Being the only remaining member of the victorious London crew, Pam won consecutive world championship titles in 2013 and 2014. She is now training hard on the Road to Rio and is aiming for selection for the 2015 World Championship Team which will be heading out to Aiguebelette, France in late August.

Whilst at Birmingham Pam captained the University’s award-winning cheerleading squad the Birmingham Pussycats.