Vivien Silver-Hessey

Vivien Silver-Hessey

Christchurch youngster Vivien Silver-Hessey is always willing to give anything a go. She loves getting involved in everything, especially sport. She competes in swimming at school and has a go at any opportunity that is offered.

The Cantabrian is a congenital amputee. She was born without the lower part of her left arm. Disability Sport Adviser (DSA) Justin Muschamp met Vivien when she was only 4 years old. He helped then by getting Vivien together with the engineering department at the University of Canterbury, who modified her bike so she could learn to cycle.

Two years ago, Justin met Vivien again when she signed up for a ten week football programme for physically disabled young people in Canterbury run by Mainland Football.

Vivien had previously tried club football, but found it quite difficult. In the supportive environment created by Mainland Football, Vivien learned new skills, which increased her confidence and motivated her to go further with the sport. "They encouraged me to give football another go when I wasn't going to." She now plays for the Papanui Redwood Football Club and is loving every minute.

DSA Justin has enjoyed working with Vivien. "It's great to see her get involved in so many sports. She has a competitive side, but still encourages everyone else. I am sure she will go far in whatever she chooses."

 to see Vivien and the rest of the Mainland Football group in action.