Sydney Weaver is 16 years old, lives in Acton, Ontario and has Cerebral Palsy. Sydney has been wearing Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) from the time she can remember and says her favourite part of getting a new pair is picking out a different pattern.
Sydney has never let her disability get in her way and has an extremely positive and can-do attitude about life. Her mantra is “Everyday may not be good, but there is good in every day”. Sydney is very social and admits one of her favourite things to do is to talk. Sydney is an honour roll student, has her junior lifeguard badge and an orange belt in Jujitsu (Martial Arts). In 2015, she was a torchbearer for the 2015 ParaPan Am Games. She is also Miss Acton Fall Fair First Runner- Up 2016-2017. She is an active ambassador for children’s charities in Ontario. Sydney also has a passion for harness horse racing and hopes to become a [harness horse] trainer one day.
For Christmas in 2012, she received her very own race horse. The name of her horse is Sydney Seelster, and Sydney gave her the nickname “Pinky". Pinky raced for Sydney while being trained by Sydney’s father Don from 2013 until 2015, since then Pinky has stopped racing to have a baby. Pinky gave birth to a beautiful filly in April 2016.
In addition to having a passion for harness racing, she also enjoys writing and hope to attend post-secondary education studying journalism. She has recently decided she would like to study abroad.
Sydney won the Marie Hill Youth Writing contest in 2012. A contest based in the United States, where she won her age group and then was named the overall winner. Her winning article was then published in Hoofbeats Magazine.
This opened up the opportunity for Sydney to write for harnesslink.com; an international harness racing website. She writes about her experiences in harness racing. In 2015 Sydney was a Media Award Finalist for a piece she had written for Harnesslink.com. Although she did not win she says “it was a great honour to even be a finalist”.
Through writing for harnesslink.com and harness racing Sydney has had the opportunity to travel to harness racing tracks in the United States, throughout Ontario and this past summer had the opportunity to go to Ireland for a week for a horse racing event.
Sydney looks forward to whatever adventures come here way and knows that the team at Boundless Biomechanical Bracing will be there with her.