VIDEO: Aliyyah Koloc – The girl with a story
‘Don’t judge me. You know my name, but not my story,’ said an American singer Demi Lovato, one of the stars of a TV show named Camp Rock. How fitting. And it applies to Aliyyah Koloc as well!
Thanks to a fantastic video clip on YouTube, it all looks so clear. Aliyyah, still not even a 15-year-old girl, is getting behind a wheel of a racing super special car, as she is getting ready to break top speed world records on 500 metres with a standing and a rolling start. And she is talking to her sister Yasmeen on the radio all the time. Her father, a two-time European champion in truck racing, who is going to celebrate 25 years since his first championship title, is watching everything from the pits. And he is one of the few participants, who knows this is about more than just racing and records.
“Aliyyah has always been a bit different than other children. She didn’t have friends, she spent hours and hours by drawing mandalas, she was thinking about adult topics and she never communicated her feelings. Any kind of social interaction with unknown people was unthinkable and she struggled to trust anyone. Three years ago, I was talking to experts. Then, there were examinations. In the end, she was diagnosed with the Asperger syndrome,” remembers Martin Koloc.
The original description, written by an Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger (1906 – 1980) back in 1944 for the first time, fitted Aliyyah perfectly.
“Above average intellect, analytical skills, excellent language skills. But also struggles to form friendships or difficulties in social interaction. She’s known David since she was young, but the way how quickly she’s managed to build relationships with Tomáš, Robin, Jaroslav and the rest of the team, that’s a small miracle,” added Koloc.
“My dad told me back then, that we can handle it and he helped me to find some positives about it. I’ve understood that it’s difficult in life to have everything. Yasmeen is a sister and a fantastic friend; she’s helped me a lot back then. I’ve decided, that once I find a way how to help children with the same diagnosis, I’ll do it. Today I know, that being diagnosed has helped my head to move on and it’s easier to live with it. I know that you can’t express everything with words. The great things are always written in the eyes. Talking about the Asperger syndrome is easier than to keep it inside. And that’s what I advise every child and adult with the same diagnosis to do,” said Aliyyah, a future ambassador for the Smiling Eyes Foundation.
“Once the video clip hits two million views, partners will send money to foundations for helping children with the Asperger syndrome,” she added.
But the top speed world record holder for 500 metres with a standing and a rolling start does not want to be in the role of a fighter with the destiny.
„I have only one goal, to prove that with a will, strength and good support, you can do almost anything.”
The release date of the short document is not a coincidence either, because July 29 is Martin Koloc’s birthday.
“Aliyyah came to me, that I’m her best friend. Suddenly, I was in a situation when I wanted to say so much, but I couldn’t…”