"You don't have to be the big guy!"
The Legacy Project
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I will always remember my mum saying people never remembered her name. She was a strong Irish lady one of what would have been 19 siblings (They didn't have TV's in Ireland in those times) but 12 lived past birth. Her name was Marcella Cross of Alenwood, County Kildare. Her father was Thomas Cross of Robertstown an accordianist in a band called "Toss the feathers". Her mother Elizabeth Cross formerly Mills (cousin of Sir John Mills the actor apparently).
I have two older brothers and I was brought up listening to the stories of how it took a further 10 years to have me.
Though my mother wanted me to do ballet dancing something which at 4 years old I would never agree too. "I wont wear a tutu" It was clear I knew my mind from a young age. That strength I truly believe was from my mother.
I saw Irish Dancing at my Junior School in Huddersfield St Patrick's, and after seeing the green team dresses and hearing the music I instantly knew that this was all I wanted to do. I excitedly at 5 years old took the flyer home. Rather than asking I demanded my mum take me to class. I think this took her aback as she never thought I would wear a dress never mind dance as I was so anti Ballet.
My mother wanted me to toughen up, I was highly sensitive and as previously mentioned dancing was a burning passion. My mother worried about me as I would be bullied. She sent me to Karate classes to "toughen you up" as she put it. I never dreamed that this would take me away from my dancing to places such as the Philippines and Thailand to fight at a high level.
If anyone has experienced a sudden death such as my mothers heart attack, they will have been taken aback, I am sure asI was.
When I saw the British Heart Foundation's slogan "Fight for every heart beat" It inspired me to "Toughen up" Like my late mother wanted and to set new goals and literally fight for every heart beat in her memory.
The legacy project is a personal one for me - however, i intend to promote British Heart Foundation's message to help them raise funds in order to do more research into the causes of Heart Disease, finding cures and supporting family's affected.
I truly believe that being a champion in life is more important than being a champion on the mat, in a ring or on a dance floor.
"Set you're goals with intention, love and passion for what your doing as opposed to placings / rankings and you will achieve more than you ever thought imaginable in life - you can only control one thing and that is YOU!"
Rebecca Kane - The peoples champion.