Meet Carmela Chillery-Watson
We interviewed our very first Young Achiever, Carmela Chillery-Watson to find out what it was like to be nominated.
You were nominated for the 2021 Disability Power 100, and are our first Young Achiever how did that make you feel?
It felt absolutely amazing and exciting to be nominated. Thank you so much.
We know you do a lot of blogs and videos motivating others to keep up with exercise and physio throughout the pandemic, what made you want to start that?
I wanted to start doing it because others didn’t get their physio appointments in the pandemic, I thought this could help me and other people. They could have an exercise a day from me and hopefully help motivate them. I did find it challenging but I got through it and enjoyed it.
We’ve seen a lot of videos, posts and news activity for your Wonder Woman relay, is it true Wonder Woman herself has been in touch with you?
That is true! I met Lilly Aspell, the young girl who plays young wonder woman, Gal Gadot has also sent me a message. It was amazing, Lilly Aspell gave me a surprise, I thought it was just a normal horse riding day and then she came around the corner and we went riding together. We are also going to be doing another Wonder Woman relay!
You’ve had lots of great achievements, including being a Finalist for NDA 2021 & UK Coaching Hero, what’s your proudest moment so far?
I think I would say, winning the Who Cares Wins Awards, Young Hero Award. I was a bit emotional when I found out, so was my mum. I like to be able to help and keep other people feeling positive and motivated.