Oliver Lam-Watson

Bio

“My names Oliver, I’m 25 and I was born with a disability that affects my left leg. About two years ago a doctor told me I would spend the rest of my life on crutches and never be an athlete. Life on crutches was a bitter pill to swallow, fortunately I had no plans on becoming an athlete, but I really don’t like being told what to do. A year and a half later I’m now I’m a Team GB Wheelchair fencer. Do what you can’t.”

Idea

“People perceptions of us are usually based on the first thing they see, for me that’s my disability, so they usually assume what I can’t do before they think about what I can. Whether you have a disability or not, whatever your adversity might be, it’s up to us to change these perceptions. Our biggest obstacles are not our disabilities or adversities, they are theses perceptions of what we are capable of.”

Favourite TED/TEDx Talk

“My favourite ted talk is by Chef Eddie Huang, He speaks about self-Identity and growing up different. Sharing his experiences of people perceptions and racism in the playground due to his ethnicity. This really resonated with me, growing up different can be difficult at the best of times, growing up with a disability you can often be left feeling as though you’re less than others. Eddie sums this up perfectly in an anecdote about his pack lunch that his mum made him, I won’t spoil it though!”

What is your survival kit?

Coffee
35mm camera
Towel: A towel is “about the most massively useful thing” according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy