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This Girl Can – Victoria Podcast: Rocca’s Episode

11 Feb 2021
Podcast 13:30
This Girl Can ambassador Rocca dancing

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This week, we meet Rocca who feels happy when she dances. 


Episode 4:  

Rocca’s passion for dance is in her DNA. Growing up in Colombia, music and dance was a huge part of her upbringing, and it wasn’t long until her Mum and Auntie’s love of dance rubbed off on Rocca.  

After moving to Australia to study at University, the unthinkable happened when Rocca was hit by a car and she has been in a wheelchair ever since.   

"I think life is mysterious…amazing…beautiful. And I don’t want to waste any moment of my life. I want to use absolutely every moment to do the things that I love, and that includes sports and being active."



During rehab Rocca discovered wheelchair tennis and came to the realisation that her wheelchair wasn’t an obstacle for her to live a happy, active life.  

This realisation combined with her love for music and dance led Rocca to starting a Para-dance group. It’s a place where women in wheelchairs come together to feel the connection of being part of a group, free of judgement and see their wheelchairs in a new light - not just as a tool for transportation, but as a partner.  

This Girl Can ambassador, Rocca, dancing with other women

Catch up on the previous episode

Last week in Episode 3, we heard from Sue who reflects on her early love of football and the importance of focusing on her own wellbeing, realising that it’s never too late to find your physical activity passion. 

Listen to Episode 3 or search for This Girl Can – Victoria wherever you’re listening to podcasts.  



For a full transcript of the podcast, click here


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