Sports - Post Injury

on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in sports

Sports - Post Injury

I have had the spirit of competition in my blood ever since I was a young boy. I competed in many different sports as I was growing up, from little league baseball, to track and field, even wrestling and basketball. My freshman year in high school a full on passion began for soccer. After a life-changing car accident my sophomore year, I hadn't lost that desire and for certain wasn't going to stop competing.

With the constant prodding from my Recreational Therapist while I was in Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to show me what sports where out there, I was determined to get back on the field in one form or another. I was a soccer goalie for my high school team at the time of my accident and that was my future, so I thought. After going on outings to tennis matches, basketball practices, and constantly getting new Sports 'N Spokes magazines on my bedside table, I was armed with the information that there were still things I COULD do and and I definitely still had the desire to go out and do them.

Over the years, I have either competed in or done exhibitions for almost every adaptive sport out there. I have done a majority of the "organized" team sports and over the past few years gotten into more "extreme" sports, even dipping my wheels into some different forms of motorsports.

Over the past 19 years, I have been competitive with:

  • Wheelchair Racing(2 years)
  • Wheelchair Basketball(4 years)
  • Over The Line Softball(1 year)
  • Handcycling(5 years)

I have also done many exhibitions and events for a multitude of other sports and activities..

  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

I have tried every sport or activity that comes my way and I will continue to try new ones every chance I get. Each one I will push the limits of my own body and mind. For my own enjoyment and knowledge, but also to help others find fun things to do and better ways of doing them. Keep an eye out as this list grows!

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