Judy Murray has hailed the Sunday Post’s newest columnist after the pair received honorary degrees.
The tennis coach, one of our most popular columnists, saluted courageous Corinne Hutton, a quadruple amputee, saying that Corinne’s new column in Scotland’s favourite Sunday paper will be a must-read.
Judy paid tribute to double hand transplant patient Corinne as they picked up doctorates on Friday.
The women received the Open University accolades for their “public service” to sport and charity work.
Afterwards Judy, 60, hailed Corinne as “one hell of a woman” as they posed in their graduation gowns at the ceremony in Glasgow.
Judy said: “I first met Corinne when I went to one of her fundraisers with my friend John Beattie, and I was absolutely blown away by her. Her resilience and defiance is absolutely incredible.
“She puts herself through challenges that I could never take on as an able-bodied person. She’s one hell of a woman.”
From next week the women will have something else in common, too, when Corinne joins the Sunday Post as its newest columnist.
Corinne, 49, from Lochwinnoch, lost both hands and legs below the knee after suffering septicaemia in 2013.
Since then she has set up Finding Your Feet, a charity to support amputees throughout the UK.
The mum of one will be sharing her everyday struggles and triumphs with readers in a bid to debunk some of the myths around disability.
She said: “I’ll be writing about some of the most emotional and humorous moments in my life, from the darkest times to my little triumphs.
“I hope to tackle the issues and perceptions surrounding disability.
“I’m not afraid to be controversial – there are thought-provoking subjects I want to debate.
“Doctors, family and friends were told I was going to die. I fully believe I was given a second chance at life – hopefully Sunday Post readers will enjoy reading about how I’m making every day of it count.”
Corinne hasn’t let her disability hold her back.
She was the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, has climbed Ben Nevis, and took up skiing and ballroom dancing.
In January she made headlines when she became Scotland’s first double hand transplant recipient.
Corinne said she is excited to be joining Judy in helping inspire readers while highlighting issues close to her heart.
She said: “Judy is the epitome of a hard-working mum. Her charitable and community work is making a huge difference.
“We have very different life experiences, though, which I think is a good thing as our columns will be very different.”
- Read Corinne’s first column in P.S. magazine next Sunday.
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