Broken in Body, but Not in Spirit

When he was 19 years old in 1995, Zahidi Lamsah was involved in a road accident. It broke his back and injured his spinal cord, paralysing him from the chest downwards. He began using a wheelchair full-time, and started facing multiple challenges on a daily basis.

If he wants to go to a place and it has steps but no ramps, he won’t be able to access it without help from others. If he needs to use a washroom but there is none which is disabled-friendly, he is in trouble. If he drives to a place, he needs a special parking space so that he has enough room to manoeuvre his wheelchair into and out of his car.

“I want to bring myself to a higher level and prove to society that the disabled can also succeed if they have the will and desire.”

Yet, despite all the obstacles he faces and all the frustrations these must surely cause him, Zahidi has gone ahead and made a mark in the Malaysian competitive sports landscape

At the Third Asian Para Games held in Indonesia from 6 to 13 October last year, Zahidi won two medals in the tenpin bowling events – a gold in the mixed trio and a silver in the mixed double categories. These triumphs are more than ample returns for the training he had undergone under a 2017/2018 programme for senior paralympic athletes.

At 43, Zahidi who is married, works as an administrative assistant. He is also a third-year Bachelor of Psychology learner at the Melaka Learning Centre.

“While I do receive motivation from coaches, I also need to motivate myself. That’s why I feel psychology is the most suitable field for me. It gives me the knowledge I need to strive and focus on my target, which is to bring pride to the country.”

Studying is often a major challenge for the disabled but Zahidi does not feel that way.

“OUM is very caring towards the disabled. Besides giving me a fee discount, it also provides 100% disabled-friendly facilities at the Learning Centre,” he says.

“I want to bring myself to a higher level and prove to society that the disabled can also succeed if they have the will and desire.”

A role model for all Malaysians with disabilities, Zahidi has this advice:

“Say no to all the excuses swirling inside your head which are keeping you from moving forward in any field.

“Be firm and determined!”

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