Irma Khetsuriani, 34, is number one is everything she does. Irma is Georgia’s first wheelchair woman fencer, first champion of the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, and first Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Wheelchair makes you neither victim, nor hero. I can be strong, I can do good things. I can smile and dance. I can fly,” – Irma says.
Irma became an athlete when she already was disabled after a spinal disease, difficult treatment and unsuccessful operation. She had to quit university and dramatically change her lifestyle. Fencing has become a way out, a window to the new life.
“I was surprised, even shocked when the Paralympic Committee of Georgia suggested I could do wheelchair fencing. But then I realized how exciting that was,” she recalls.
Being Goodwill Ambassador for SDGs is yet another step Irma is proud of. She plans to get actively involved in the UN work in Georgia, advocating for equality and human rights for all.
Article by UNDP Georgia