Amanda celebrates her new strength and purpose

Amanda Langton, pictured here with Pauline Watkins, is raising awareness of how exercise can help people with cerebral palsy. Picture: Marcus Whisson d426991
Amanda Langton, pictured here with Pauline Watkins, is raising awareness of how exercise can help people with cerebral palsy. Picture: Marcus Whisson d426991

Ms Langton has cerebral palsy and said exercising twice a week at Bayswater Waves had given her purpose.

‘I’ve been coming here to do hydrotherapy and I’ve wanted to get into my fitness seriously for a while,’ she said.

‘I like the bike because I can go for it and I like being on the mat; we do crawling and stretch my arms and legs so my muscles don’t get tighter.

‘I feel better about myself, I have purpose now and it’s doing amazing things for my tone and cerebral palsy.

‘I have better co-ordination, better balance, more control and it’s been great for my wellbeing.’

Trainer Pauline Watkins said she had seen improvements in Ms Langton both mentally and physically.

‘Amanda was out having coffee and her right hand was able to pick up a set of keys off the table and pass them to her carer; this was a miracle for her,’ she said.

‘Something so simple for us to do and yet for Amanda she has never been able to do this before.’

Ms Watkins said training people with cerebral palsy was important for their body movement, helping their limbs function and re-tuning their motor skills.

With World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 1, Ms Langton said it was important people were aware of people like her living with the disease.