For all of us at Team Willberry, Hannah will forever be our biggest inspiration, featuring in our thoughts for almost every decision we make as life continues on around us. But on Hannah's birthday this year, Janice kindly got in touch to mention the life-changing impact Hannah had on her life, despite never meeting her in-person.
Janice has managed to achieve some incredible things in the last few years, Team Willberry was so touched by how she was #inspiredbyHannah to change her life, we thought you might like to hear her amazing story.
"I was involved in the Wobbleberry Challenge and arranged a number of residential training weekends at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre for those of us aiming to complete the challenge. I was also fortunate enough to join one of the weekends with my mount, The Chocolate Pony! Chocolate was my daughters event pony that I had stolen for the challenge but not having ridden for a few years (and being very wobbly) it certainly was a challenge.
During one the the show jumping training sessions I parted company with Chocolate. It didn't seem too serious at the time but over the coming days I realised I couldn't walk in a straight line. We had guest speakers at our residential and one of these wonderful people mentioned a local chiropractor, I remembered the recommendation and arranged a visit to try to sort out whatever was causing the issue. At this point in time I was 100kg and rather unfit even getting out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. I realise now that I was far too unfit to ride but hindsight is a marvellous thing!
Long story short, this fantastic chiropractor recommended me to work with a PT to improve my fitness and improve my strength to support the work she had done to 'fix' me. This was over three years ago and during this time I have picked up a new sport and lost 25% of my body weight! In fact today I took part in my first powerlifting competition and have qualified for the English National Championships. Powerlifting includes squat, bench press and deadlift. I am now 63 and the fittest I have ever been.
If it wasn't for Hannah's wonderful charity I would not have found my new sport while at the same time vastly improving my quality of life!"
Not only is Janice the fittest she's ever been - it turns out she's stumbled on an incredible talent! Since her message she has qualified for the All England ladies powerlifting championships, the English Bench Press Championships, has won age category competitions and has even set a new record in her region!
Team Willberry wishes Hannah was here to see the incredible impact she continues to have on people's lives, but gosh, we are so proud of both her and the incredible achievements Janice has achieved whilst channelling's Hannah's "Dream Big, Fight Hard, Never Give Up" mentality.