My name is Catarina, however most people call me Cat, I am a 15 year old athlete with cerebral palsy. Having Cerebral palsy affects the way my brain communicates with my nerves and muscles.
When I was about 9 years old I competed in adaptive rock climbing with peak potential. We ended up flying to Georgia to compete nationally and I won third place. When the climbing team broke away, my parents found an adaptive sports team called the north jersey navigators.
I started riding for the GCC in 2013 because I was a student, not earning a great deal of money but felt the need to give back. In my 20's my Dad was diagnosed with Cancer and my Grandfather died of cancer. I am sure most people know someone who has had the same diagnoses or even lost someone too. I was already cycling a lot, so I thought why not?!