For Grace, a seasoned obstacle racing competitor, Tough Mudder was about more than getting muddy and jumping over incredible obstacles. The race became a metaphor for overcoming the obstacles in life. In the coming years Grace’s dad and her family will face obstacles that continue to become more challenging.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
At the start of 2018, right before my father Wayne’s 60th birthday, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Not everyone with Parkinson’s experiences the same symptoms or to the same intensity. For my father Wayne it was the sudden onset of tremors. He has always worked hard to support my sister and I, putting in the extra hours to earn a little extra for us to put towards a night out or new adventure. Whilst he is still pushing himself now, eventually he is going to have to slow down, and this breaks my heart. Finding a cure would not only help my father, but so many other families experiencing similar journeys.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
Over the last few years I have started competing in obstacle course racing. I love it. I enjoy challenging myself to do better, and scale obstacles that seem impossible. I am always surprised by what my body can do if I commit my mind to it. For me these obstacles are not only a physical challenge but a metaphor for overcoming obstacles in my life. In the coming years Wayne and my family will face obstacles that continue to become more challenging. Competing an obstacle course is nothing compared. On 20 October 2018 I competed in my first Tough Mudder. This was an 18+ Km course with 20+ obstacles. This was my first event raising awareness and funds to help find a cure.