11:30AM, Friday 15 November 2019
Photograph by Martin Holtom
Junior British speed skating champion Jonathan Moody has taken inspiration from Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker born without any limbs, as he bids to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2022 and achieve his dream of winning a gold medal.
Jonathan is a British record holder who’s recently qualified to represent his country at a series of World Cup events leading up to Beijing in 2022.
He’s recently competed in the first of those in Salt Lake City, placing 25th overall but smashing his personal best over the 500m by more than half a second, a great start to his season and the three-year road towards the next Olympics.
Jonathan raced over 1,500m at the second World Cup event of the season in Montreal last week, a distance he’s excelled at in the past helping Great Britain qualify for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, last year.
Jonathan said: “My parents brought me up believing what Nick Vujicic (the motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and leg) says ‘You should never live according to what you lack. Instead, live as though you can do anything you dream of doing’.
“My dream is to win gold at the Olympics and hard work, perseverance and a good team behind me can get me there.”
Jonathan is not currently funded by UK Sport and would welcome any help through sponsorship as he bids to represent his county on the biggest stage of all and fulfil his long-held dream.
Originally from New Zealand, Jonathan first started speed skating at the age of 12, when a friend invited him to a public skating session at his local club. Since then he’s lived and trained in America before moving back to the UK with his family in 2013.
He lives with his family in Maidenhead when not training in Nottingham.
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