Meet our sponsored shooter Cameron Radigan
Cameron is currently training for the U21 Scottish Outdoor Championships and for selection for the Scottish Junior National Indoor Team 2018.
Please review his training blog for further details.
Cameron was 2 when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour I his left leg. While undergoing 18 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of intensive radiotherapy Cameron's surgeon developed a procedure to remove the tumour that may not result in amputating his leg. To our delight when Cameron came out of the 7 hour surgery he still had his leg.
We were informed that the surgery had damaged his leg and he may not have full use of it. When the plaster was removed from his leg 2 weeks later for a check he ran out of the plaster room. The surgeon decided not to put another on him. His surgeon told Cameron due to the damage to his tendons he would never be able to stand on his tip toes. Six months later he was standing on his tip toes. His surgeon then told him he would never be able to hop, again six months later he was hoping. He then told Cameron under no circumstances should he try and ride a bike. At 6 years old Cameron was out with his friends and he convinced them to help him ride a bike. After we brought Cameron back from A&E he proudly boast he rode a bike, not far but he done it.
Cameron took up kickboxing at the age of 9 just to prove he could do it. He competed in the Scottish Championships when he was 10 and came in second in his age group. After which he could not walk for three days, but to him it was worth it. He had to give up kickboxing soon after due to having further surgeries on his legs.
By the age of 11 Cameron had a 5cm length difference between his legs and his left foot was 3 sizes smaller than his right. He could only walk with the aid of crutches and was in constant pain. By 14 Cameron was completely dependent on a wheelchair for getting about.
From the age of 13 Cameron had been trying to convince his surgeon to amputate his leg as it was completely useless to him and causing him nothing but pain.
Despite this he still took up archery as it was one sport he could do sitting down. Cameron's determination in the sport landed him several gold medals, he is ranked 2nd in Scotland under 18's, he has represented Scotland in the 2017 indoor championships and 2018 outdoor championships. Paralympic GB have also expressed an intrest in Cameron and he has to provide scores to them from his next three competitions for review.
Cameron has now been fitted for first prosthetic and is expected to be walking in the near future. This is better than any of us could imagine but it means that he will soon be shooting standing up.
The following is an artical Cameron wrote for the SAA news letter but was not published.
I am an archer
I am not a cancer survivor. I am not an amputee. These are things that happened to me, but do not define me.
I am an archer.
I was asked to write a column for this publication to describe my challenges on the lead up to and competing in the National Junior Outdoor Championships.
But in doing so I reminded myself that we all deal with challenges every day in life. We deal with these challenges to the best of our ability and we carry on. Is that not the definition of determination?
If we manage to find time to train for a sport we love with our friends. Is that not the definition of dedication?
I am a dedicated and determined archer, and I can't wait to meet my friends on the shooting line.
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