Friday, September 21, 2007

New Wheels - Courtesy of Kendra Ohama

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!

3 comments:

makz said...

cool, i hope that you recover ASAP! congrats on ytour team qualifying to beijing!! (and in fine fashion)

p.s-is this really kyles blog?

Kyle Shewfelt said...

Thanks for your comment. It's true, this is really my very own personal blog.

I am a little slow at getting posts up, but I hope you've enjoyed what's here so far.

Take care,

Kyle

uANDdat said...

! yes! it is the real kyle!

awesome.

well, i really hope that you fully recover; and quickly. so, you can bring home the gold! because, the new olympic champion should have: style, great form.

hmmm. i guess you have both, lol. ;]