If you were born unable to use an arm well, like if you had Erb’s Palsy, you might think that a lot of activities would be beyond your abilities. But we have an example of another person with this condition who has overcome their limitations doing something you’d think would be impossible without two strong arms: archery.
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Faith Oakley, a 16-year-old archer, has learned how to use her teeth and good arm to participate in archery tournaments according to the Courier-Journal. The Bardstown, Kentucky student has no ability to use her right arm, yet finished ninth in the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Orlando.
To pull back the string, she bites down on a nylon tab attached to the bowstring to pull the arrow. She hopes to be in the top five at the next tournament. She uses a 20-pound bow.
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Her hope is to compete in the Paralympic Games when she is old enough, as well as participate on a collegiate team. “I have always believed I can work hard enough to become the best in the world,” Faith said.
We hope that Miss Oakley gets to accomplish her dream and show others with Erb’s Palsy that the lack of a functioning arm doesn’t have to stand in the way of achieving physical goals.