Ras Adiba Radzi, a newscaster in Malaysia, is paralyzed from the waist down. She was not born disabled, but lost the ability to walk after suffering two severe spine injuries -– first in a car accident in 1995, and again in 2001 when she was attacked by a man during an attempted car robbery.
Though Radzi says she suffered from depression at first, becoming active in sports -- specifically, sharpshooting -- dramatically changed her outlook.
"Shooting is something I find really great because in sports, I love being able to challenge myself to do better," she tells "Operation Change." "And for me, disability is not an excuse not to do well in life."
It's funny how things happen in life, Radzi says. Before her injuries, she had given up on shooting because her hand shook. "Then when I became disabled, everything just… it's like it's meant to be," she says. "It was just waiting to happen for the right moment for me to be a real sharpshooter."
The sweetest moment for Radzi was becoming Malaysia's top sharpshooter in the disabled category in 2003. "I dedicate all my wins to my coaches because they believed in me when everyone else didn't. They didn't care whether my legs were moving or not and they treated me like everyone else," she says.
Her coaches are strict with her, which is exactly what Radzi expects. "No double standard just because you are disabled. No such thing."
At the shooting range, Radzi isn't defined her disability. "Every time when I shoot, I feel like I'm in my own world and I'm in control," she says.