Dubai woman with prosthetic leg enters Guinness World Records for longest wall sit
Dubai-based fitness enthusiast Dareen Barbar entered the Guinness World Records for the longest static wall sit - 2 minutes 8.24 seconds.
Barbar has an above-knee left leg amputation (LA1), and her record was attempted in conjunction with the launch of the Guinness World Records Impairment Records Initiative, which includes classification categories for those with physical, intellectual and visual impairments.
"I lost my leg at the age of 15 to bone cancer. I had another accident in 2013 [I] broke my left hip where my amputation is and had to have two screws in the hip," Barbar explained.
However, Barbar's accident led her to discover her passion for sports and fitness after she started going to the gym to aid her recovery.
"I started going to the gym after my broken hip accident in 2013. It [her passion] grew each day with discovering my abilities and how far I can go in exercising and overcoming challenges."
Barbar was inspired by Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and cancer research activist who also had one amputated leg.
"His story inspired me to start a public profile on all social media networks and share my life and fitness journey with people to raise awareness towards inclusivity of the disabled in all aspects of life especially sports. And how people who have disabilities can be productive and successful regardless of obstacles."
The date of Barbar's static wall sit attempt, June 4, was particularly significant to her.
"Breaking the record on June 4 means a lot to me because in this month in 1993 I lost my leg and here I am in the same month 28 years later breaking a Guinness World Records title."
"I always look for ways to show the world that disability is an extraordinary ability that makes the impossible possible, and the only disability in life is a bad attitude and mindset. I grew up reading the Guinness World Record Book and never did I think that I could be one of these people who defy all odds."
Barbar, who is married with two children, plans to continue encouraging people to go beyond their limits and work hard to achieve personal and physical goals.
"Achieving something is always rewarding. Go for it, plan, train and aim."