I would like to send out a huge thanks to Kendra Ohama for lending me her extra chair for the next while. Kendra is a Canadian Paralympic athlete with wheelchair Basketball.I sincerely appreciate Kendra's generosity and kindness. She is an extremely talented athlete (did you know that she can go down stairs in her chair? She was willing to teach me how, but I didn't feel like cracking my head open!) and a pretty incredible person.
This whole experience has given me a much greater appreciation and respect for those who have to live life everyday with a disability. I am not even going to pretend that I truly understand what that life is like, but I have been faced with many situations where I get super frustrated and upset because the disabled access simply sucks. Bathrooms, buses, airplanes, restaurants...life is definitely more challenging when you have limited access. Meeting with Kendra yesterday gave me a new outlook though. Kendra has an amazing energy and you can tell that she faces everyday with total optimism. She really does see things with a pro-active perspective. I guess you have to when you are always faced with situations where your problem solving skills need to be sharp. She inspired me!
Good Luck Kendra (and to all of your teammates as well!) in the upcoming year! Thanks again for the lender and I'll see you in Beijing!