Physical disability doesn't stop Ahmad Nazri to pursue dream
Published on: Thursday, November 08, 2018

Terengganu: His limited mobility due to his amputated leg posed no obstacle to Ahmad Nazri Hamzah to learn how to scuba diving.Ahmad Nazri, 28, who was diagnosed with bone cancer during his teens and had his left leg amputated above the knee, took up a scuba diving lesson with Dive Heart Malaysia ambassador Syed Abd Rahman Syed Hassan.

Dive Heart Malaysia is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to get scuba diving licence.

"This is not my first extreme activity since I lost my leg. I've climbed Mount Kinabalu in 2014 to raise funds for the National Cancer Council (Makna).

"Then, I started to think about trying other activities including scuba diving. I finally met my 'sifu' (Syed Abd Rahman), who is willing to teach people like us. My dream of swimming freely with the fish came true," he told Bernama when met at a pre-accreditation ceremony for scuba divers by Dive Heart Malaysia in collaboration with the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in Bidong Island, recently.

Six disabled people including Ahmad Nazri and 30 UMT scuba divers as well as volunteers were involved in the three-day programme.

Ahmad Nazri, who is a wheelchair basketball athlete, said he had to learn basic techniques of diving at Syed Abd Rahman's facility in Kajang, Selangor for six months before joining the programme.

A volunteer, Mawaddah Alias, 32, said she was excited to be chosen as one of the accompanying divers.

"It was a valuable experience for me, even though I have done this before while diving in Bali, Indonesia a few years ago. Interestingly this time, I helped throughout the whole process," she said. – Bernama


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