Let’s start from the beginning. Since, moving to the UK in London, I was diagnosed with being profoundly deaf at the Donald Winnicott Centre in the London Borough of Hackney. I used to wear hearing aids until the age of 14. I decided to go for cochlear implants to the point where I noticed that I wasn’t able to hear certain sounds that I always thought I could hear. After years of struggling to accept my deafness or disability, I discovered my passion for sport and how it has brought me into another dimension, a world full of happiness. I remember the first time I picked up the basketball in the living room and my brother did not allow me to touch it until a couple of days later, he took me to his basketball training session with his teammates. Until then, I had always loved basketball, and when I was in school, I discovered football, athletics, and a variety of other sports.
My supervisor at Anglia Ruskin University assisted me in understanding the human world, and Autoethnography was one of the qualitative methodologies that was passed on to me because the first thing I told my supervisor was that I didn’t want to do hypothesis or anything related to the ‘scientific’ side of sport, which is disconnected from human experience. I wanted to share my personal sports experience and how it saved my life (Download my first ever journal article publication below). As I progressed from Undergraduate to Masters student, then bounced around attending sports conferences, meeting new people, and feeling motivated, my university experience taught me more about my identity.
I learned a lot about myself as a researcher, my identity, my disability, and my love of sports, and I want to share my experiences with people who can appreciate and relate to them, as well as follow my journey. Drop me an email or find me on social media and let’s chat.