Defining Bad Ass | Adaptive Athlete

Defining Bad Ass | Adaptive Athlete


I can’t imagine what I’d be
doing if I had never started playing
rugby and I just always saw myself
as just like anybody else. I was born missing both of my
arms and both of my legs. It wasn’t something my parents
knew about before I was born so I’m sure it was bit of a
surprise I’m sure to them on the delivery date. From a very young age I was
always active even from you know swimming
lessons as a young kid and playing outside in the backyard. The thing that I love most about
rugby is the atmosphere and the camaraderie that you
get. It has opened up possibilities
and introduced me to people that I wouldn’t have met
otherwise. I started doing crossfit by
chance. A new gym had just opened up
and they had a booth set up at the game and they were doing a contest
of whoever could do the most burpees in one minute would
win a free membership and I ended up winning. We wanted to make sure that I
was getting the same benefit that anybody else was getting
and so we just found a way to adapt all of the movements
to work for me with the help of different
lifting aids. There are lots of things that
have happened to me since trying crossfit that I
have enjoyed so I always try to kind of
put that out there of like just try things and if it doesn’t work out it
doesn’t work out. There’s lots of things in my
life that I’ve tried and have not succeeded at and that’s okay too, right? Now you know that’s not
for you. Just be open to opportunities. Say ‘Yes’ more. Take chances.
Take risks. There’s things that are better
suited to me than other things just like everybody else.

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