Proudly Parapan Am
By Katrina, a Residential Support Worker at Accessible Housing
The experience of watching Canadian Parapan Am athletes this summer was an absolute honor. To know them personally, to have tried playing the sport with some of them, seeing first hand top-notch wheelchair-rugby and being able to walk away with a bit of knowledge towards the sport to bring to other future players was inspirational. The message these athletes portray to other athletes, spectators and for myself? Never give up on your dreams. The stories of the athletes, all being different many that I know personally, made it even more emotional for me. Being a wife of a future Canadian team member hopeful made the whole experience especially amazing.
Wearing the Canadian flag, sitting with the athletes’ family members in the crowds, watching the clock as it counted down the last seconds, and witnessing the medals being placed around the athlete necks on home soil was an inexpiable feeling.
They fought to get to the gold, pursuing their dreams, striving for their independence, starting families and putting their disabilities to side and creating an environment to achieve the things they want. All these athletes have won at life.