Holy Trinity student overcomes adversity to win international dance medal

Halton Catholic District School Board student Vienna Del Mastro went from being confined to a wheelchair to winning a medal at an international dance competition.

Vienna secured a silver medal in the Junior Female Tap Solo category at the IDO World Tap Dance Championship in Riesa, Germany in early December 2018, just three years after an illness contracted while on family trip left her unable to walk.

“Now that I realize what I have to lose, I’m going to do whatever I can in the time that I have to reach my dreams,” said Vienna.

While vacationing in Barbados in 2015, Vienna received an insect bite and became ill. Her symptoms included vision impairment, such as partial loss of vision and only being able to see in black and white, as well as pain in her legs that left her unable to walk for six months.

After a few rounds of antibiotics and rehabilitation Vienna’s illness went away and she was not only able to walk again but was able to dance again too.

“You can’t let whatever might be wrong with you stop you from shooting for what you want,” said Vienna. “A gold medal podium is like the moon. If you don’t aim for it, you’ll never set foot on it.”

Please join us in congratulating Vienna on her recovery and her silver medal.