For the past week and a half we’ve been in awe of the incredible performances of our athletes at the London 2012 Paralympics
. But there’s another incredible athlete defying the odds closer to home.
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Deb Roach, the 2012 Ultimate Pole Champion, was born with one arm.
“Growing up with one arm was pretty horrible. I was picked on incessantly. I was teased every day, every day. My memories and my experiences were of isolation and rejection," Roach told the ABC’s 7.30 Report on Tuesday night.
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“I wanted to get up on that stage and show I was at least as good as those other able-bodied girls. That I wasn’t repulsive, that my body wasn’t disgusting and didn’t need to be hidden. I was just as worthy of expression and display, and I was just as sexy as they were.”