Name: Oonagh Reid
Where are you from? Dunoon
Where do you live now? Glasgow
Did you enjoy sport growing up ?
Yes I loved it! I was super hyper growing up, so my parents encouraged me to run, dance and play badminton to give them a chance at some peace and quiet!
You are deaf, however the first time I met you I didn’t actually realise till after the session because you are so good at lip reading, how did you get so good ?
I was born deaf so I’ve had a life time of practice! I genuinely thought when I was younger that everyone communicated the same way that I did, so I suppose I taught myself to do without even realising. It’s definitely a skill that anyone can learn though. If you want to test yourself to see if you can do it, check out this website:
Do you have any tips for deaf people out there?
Don’t underestimate how stressful it can be trying to keep up in a hearing world – self care is so important! Find something you love doing to wind down and make sure you prioritise it.
Do you have any tips for people who may encounter someone who is deaf?
1. Find out how they like to communicate and what helps them, because this is different for every deaf person you meet! For me, I like to lipread (rather than sign), so I basically need to see what’s being said rather than hear it. If someone gets my attention first and faces me while they speak, it makes the world of difference!
2. Im sure everyone has experienced that awkward moment when someone’s said something to you three times and you still have no clue what’s going on (cue awkward smile!)The best way to avoid this is to rephrase what you are saying, rather than to repeat.
3. It can sometimes feel a little awkward trying to communicate at first but please don’t be put off! I always really appreciate it when people take the time to include me in a conversation or bring me up to speed with what I’ve missed – there’s nothing worse than asking and someone saying “aw it doesn’t matter”.
Do you have any fitness goals ?
Oh, so many. At the moment, I’m working really hard on my mobility because years of sitting at a desk hasmade me really stiff. It’s really cool to see how much improved mobility helps medo other exercises so much better too!
Do you have any big dreams?
I do! They’ve changed slightly over the years, but I’m excited to see how they play out.
If someone out there is struggling with being deaf or mental health what would your advice be ?
If you find yourself stuck in a rut, you’ve got to do something to break the cycle. Having a chat with your best friends is the best place to start!
What do you love most about Three Hiit Wonder?
Definitely the way I feel afterwards – it always gives my mood and energy levels a big boost.
What are your two favourite THW exercises and your two least favourite?
I love jump lunges and walkouts… I’m not a fan of dips or press ups!
Give us one tip to stay motivated?
I love working out with other people – if I make a commitment to meet someone at the gym, I’m much more likely to go!
What is your life tip to live by?
“Do what makes you happy and don’t sweat the small stuff!”