Shang Ting (ball holder) competes in a match. [China Women's News]
Shang Ting, who was the last one rescued from the ruins of Yingxiu Primary School when the earthquake struck Wenchuan, Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008, was a participant in the women's wheelchair basketball competition at the 10th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 7th National Special Olympics Games held in Tianjin.
During the Games, Shang played in a number of contests and in one was the highest scorer on her team.
"When I survived the earthquake, I was badly injured, and I never thought that one day I could take part in sports. At that time, I only hoped for self-care ability and that I wouldn't be a burden on my parents," she said.
In wheelchair basketball the players, that are all disabled, must manipulate their wheelchairs into different positions and pass the ball safely to their teammates.
Shang believed that her survival in the earthquake was a miracle. When she became involved in sports, she found out that disabled persons can also live the miracle of pursuing their dreams in intense competitions.
Shang's mother told her not to treat herself as a disabled person and not to irrationally ask for others' help just because of her body's disability. In Shang's mind, her mother is her most powerful support.
"I know my mother's good intentions, she wants me to live like a normal person," Shang said. She was admitted to Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she achieved excellent results. This is what her mother expects to see, and is what Shang has achieved. Her smile tells the world that no difficulty can beat her.
(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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