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Twenty-year-old Robert Glover was born with underdeveloped legs but that has never stopped him from pursuing sports such as skating, sailing and surfing. 

“If I’m honest, I have no idea how to be inspirational. Everyone always says ‘Rob, you’re so inspirational’ and I don’t know how to handle it. I just do what I do, have fun and I think that’s what everybody else should do as well. Enjoy life,” he said. 

Glover has used a skateboard as a means of transport for many years, however over the past year he has regularly visited skate parks and has now racked up a number of impressive tricks. 

He is a full-time student at Stadio Multiversity in Bellville and has recently completed the second year of his B.Com Business Management degree. 

“Some of my mates at college were surfers, and I wanted to join them for a surf. This was last year. They said the surf wasn’t up that day so we ended up going to the skate park, and I just kind of fell in love with it,” he said. 

Learning to skate was no big deal for Glover as he is well accustomed to adrenaline sports. He was a semi-competitive sailor and regularly goes out to sea when he is at home in Namibia. 

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Glover relies on his arms to skate and pushes off the ground for speed and to land tricks. “My style of skating, I enjoy transition skating, the bowls and half pipes,” he said.

One of his goals is to go to the Adaptive Skateboard Park in the United States during the X-Games. “I would like to carry on skating as long as I can and I’d like to go to the US since they opened adaptive skating,” he said. 

This article is part of the Sapa+ #Inspire campaign.