Ali Golchin

March 1, 2023

Ali Golchin

What do you do?
I am a Para Jiu Jitsu fighter and am also currently doing an MA in Japanese Studies and Intensive Language (Japanese).

What has been your greatest achievement?
The greatest achievement I have had so far, for me is the fact I competed for the very first time in August 2022. I believe that this is just the start for me and the best is yet to come.

What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
I think my biggest challenge has been my self belief and confidence. To be honest, even though I am in a much better place regarding this, I believe that it is always an ongoing battle because even when you’re confident you can still go through periods of insecurity. It’s about knowing how to deal with it, bouncing back and moving forward. My friends, family and coaches have been particularly crucial in this and that is why I believe that having that support network and good people around you is so important. Recently my friend Amy, who I met during my studies has been extremely crucial in this regard, always supporting and encouraging me in everything that I do, and picking me up when things get rough. She is also honest with me when needed and is a prime example of the type of people you need around you. People that lift you up, and want to see you succeed. Had to give her a shout out because people deserve to know how amazing she is.

Who was your role-model growing up?
I did not really have a role model growing up and this is why I think representation is so important. It is why I strive to be that example for the younger generation that I did not have. I hope that this will make their pathway easier  Ultimately my biggest goal is to have an impact and give back to the next generation. That is the most rewarding thing for me.

What do you think would help more adults with CP achieve their ambitions?
I think greater representation would definitely help and also believe that many adults with CP are written off. When you are a child, people’s outlook seems to be a lot brighter, especially when it comes to the physical side of things. I believe that we need to be more encouraging and let individuals know that they can achieve. Even if they want to aim high let them, because even in failure if someone has given it their all, they will learn and grow from the experience. Shutting people down leaves no room for that.