Women’s Month Feature: Onwards & Upwards

By Vanessa Papas


Beautiful. Nurturing. Compassionate. Ambition. Powerful. Women across the world are rising stronger than ever before. We have today a far cry from simply being ‘a man’s world’. In celebration of National Women’s Day on 9 August, we take a look at some amazing women who, despite their disabilities, have risen beyond imagination and become a force to be reckoned with.



Sheryl Thiel

 Sheryl Thiel was born with an underdeveloped left arm and hand due to Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS). Although it is theoretically a disability and it does have some physical limits, she has never seen herself as disabled.

At age 44, the mom of four has her own PR consultancy and is also a certified NLP coach and enjoys doing motivational talks to young girls and women. “I have found ways to adapt to things that most people thought I would not be able to do (like canoeing and cycling for example). Growing up I did have some self-image challenges and my fair share of asking, ‘why me’? A supportive and encouraging family however ensured that I was always determined to try.”