New To Boxing, But No Stranger To Fighting
Introducing Zeus Sequeira
Walking through the doors of a boxing gym is usually one of the most challenging accomplishments for the average person. Imagine entering through those doors when even standing was one of your biggest challenges. You’re about to be introduced to one of the newest boxers to our team, but he’s no stranger to fighting.
Zeus Sequeira was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy at birth due to birth asphyxiation. A 5-minute delay in getting oxygen on time led to brain damage leaving him with this diagnosis.
“It’s funny the difference 5 minutes can make. Growing up in India and going to a public schooling system in the 90’s wasn’t easy as there was tremendous stigma and lack of awareness at the time regarding disabilities. I feel it were these conditions that gave me the drive to keep pushing myself to be better.”
Zeus started walking at the age of 3 but was hunched over and his knees were bent at almost 90 degrees. A supra-major skeletal and muscular reconstructive surgery at the age of 14 gave him a chance to start over though as it straightened him up.
“I get better every week and my goal is to get my first fight by the end of 2018. In addition to doing this, I want to dedicate my journey to becoming fight-ready toward raising funds for Holland Bloorview, a rehabilitation hospital for kids with disabilities.”
Every dollar raised for Holland Bloorview goes not only to recovery and rehab, but also to programs and services centered around Music, Arts, and Family support funds (to cover added expenses related to the child’s disability).