Back when I was a young whippersnapper I spent many of my school holiday’s playing golf in some of Zimbabwe’s finest golf clubs. I remember a day when I was at Chapman golf club practicing and a slightly older boy called Marc Cayeux was there too. Marc was known for being one of the most talented players in Zimbabwean junior golf; we only spoke for a little while, mainly because he had the coolest gadget with him – a mini disk player! It was amazing because the music wasn’t on a cassette tape or cd. He let me listen to a couple of songs and that was the last I saw of Marc for a long time.
Years later his name popped up on scoreboards at the Botswana Open; I had seen pictures of him playing golf with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and many other great players. Marc’s career was progressing really well, he was making a name for himself. Tragedy struck in 2010, when he was on his way back to South Africa from Zimbabwe and his car was hit by a truck that had swerved to miss an animal in the road.
Marc was lucky to survive the accident, but was left fighting to get back on his feet again, he had a shattered right knee and broken femur as well as a broken and dislocated left ankle. His career was brought to a complete halt and the lives of his family were changed forever. He was told by doctors that he would never play golf again, that his body had been through too much damage; that he was, “destined for a wheelchair.”
To date Marc has had 27 different operations to get him to a stage where he can walk without assistance. The big problem for Marc was having a level footing; his legs being at different lengths after the operations thus making it hard for him to perform on the golf course.
I remember reading a Facebook post that blew my mind, Marc reached out for advice from his friends – he had three options;
1 – Get his one leg operated on again and make it longer.
2 – Get his healthy leg cut down and made shorter to balance him out.
3 – Leave things alone and face the rest of his time trying to get his game back.
The first option was the most dangerous as the risk of infection and loss of the leg would be much greater. In the end Marc chose option 2 – he came out of the surgery strong and is now 2 inches shorter than before but a stronger and more determined version of himself.
“…If you listen to what people say you will never achieve anything. Your mind is very powerful. I’ve seen people in wheelchairs that have been told they would never walk again, but because of the right mindset were able to defy the odds. If you have a dream in life chase it, you’ve got to go for it at 110%.”
Marc has circled the Zimbabwean Open in 2016 as his return to professional golf, however if his body is not ready then he won’t rush it. He knows that small steady steps in a positive direction will get him to where he wants to be and he won’t give up on himself, he will give it everything he has.
I wanted to share this story with you today because I feel like Marc’s situation is so unique, he has been tested to the very core of his being and he still remains positive about his future.
Over the last few days it is easy to lose faith in the world around us, but we need to remember that we can overcome obstacles and set backs if we just get our minds right and focus on the small steps to get there.
I admire Marc and I wish him all the best for the future; no doubt there will be an update on his story at some stage. I truly believe that he has what it takes to get himself back on top of his game! I hope that he can now rely on your support too.
Now it is your turn to face this week with everything you have, make everyday count and never stop moving towards your goals.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.