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Articles Tagged: Athletics
After becoming a quadriplegic in 2008, Sydneysider James Gribble’s is on an inspiring journey to make golf accessible for all abilities.
Everything changed in James Gribble’s life when an accident in 2008 left him with a broken neck. But one thing remained the same – he’s still a golfer.
Though it wasn’t easy for the quadriplegic.
For four years, he endured intensive rehabilitation, proving a series of doctors wrong to achieve significant recovery milestones – walking short distances on crutches and, most importantly, swinging a golf club. Continue Reading »
Loren Worthington is a photographer with a unique perspective, both literally and figuratively. Continue Reading »
It is one thing to believe that it is your responsibility to inspire, but driving over 5000kms to reach out to thousands of speciallyabled citizens from the southernmost tip of the country to its northernmost boundary is a pure act of heroism.
Not to forget the perils of spending long arduous months on the road and staying away from loved ones. And to do all this while seated in a wheelchair… is there an adjective that can do justice to such a whole-hearted endeavour? Harry Boniface Prabhu is not in it for the praise, applause and appreciation, anyway.
“I want to educate the disabled. Show them that the world is a wonderful place and help them get rid of their insecurities,” Boniface said earnestly. Continue Reading »
In 1983, at age 17, Jennifer Peterson was injured while downhill skiing. The injury left her a quadriplegic, with no use of her legs and limited use of her arms. While her body was different, her drive and determination to succeed was not. She got her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology from Walden University and became an executive coach. And stayed involved in sports.
The dreams always return in October, just before the anniversary.
They’re vivid. They’re graphic.
They’re always the same.
Steve Klemz is 17 again. He’s playing football. He’s playing hockey.
He’s running free. And then he’s not.
“What happens is when I run down the football field, my legs turn to rubber,” Klemz said. “If I jump over the boards and start skating, my legs turn to rubber. Continue Reading »
An Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.
Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.
“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.” Continue Reading »
A push to alert high school athletes about neck injuries
A new push is under way to raise awareness of a little-understood but dangerous risk to young athletes: damage to the cervical spine.
It could be a hard tackle in football, a cross-check in ice hockey or a fall off the top of a cheerleading pyramid.
A new push is under way to raise awareness of a little-understood but dangerous risk to young athletes: injuries to the cervical spine, the highly vulnerable area between the first and seventh vertebrae that protects the spinal cord connecting the brain to the body. Players and teammates may not instantly recognize the severity of the damage, and the wrong move can damage or sever the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or even death. Continue Reading »
This is the first in a series of stories about local mixed martial arts fighter Devin Johnson, who suffered a traumatic injury while training for his first professional bout.
The fist catches his cheekbone. He inventories the pain, dismissing it quickly.
Circling his adversary, he stays just wide of the strike zone. Fatigue is setting in. His body aches from days-old blows. But he refuses to quit.
Around him, other fighters are gathering their gear after mixed martial arts (MMA) practice at the Ultimate Fitness gym in midtown Sacramento.
But Devin Johnson has decided to go extra rounds, pushing himself to be in the best condition possible. Continue Reading »
Former Middleweight World Champion, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41W-2L-27KO) recently gave his first televised interview since May 2012, where a motorcycle accident left the feared fighter paralyzed him from the waist down. Continue Reading »