“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”~ Walt Disney
The closing ceremonies took place in London of the Paralympic Games.
This is Kristen.
She was born with Cerebral Palsy, although she is capable of walking independently.
I met her some years ago, via her website.
One afternoon, I was reading the newspaper and I spotted a large image of her in a racing chair. Over the weekend, she had participated in the Capitol 10 K race. And I was both intrigued and shocked.
Kristen is the person who has turned into my athletic idol. She was the one who through correspondence, introduced me to the sport of sledge hockey. And she was even willing enough to come pick me up from my home to take me to a practice one Sunday afternoon. That very day, I was strongly encouraged by her and her mother to try it. Once I got on the ice, I fell in love and the rest is obviously, history.
I would learn that Kristen has had a very interesting racing career. It was something she was very passionate about. Suddenly, I was completely captivated by what she had done and by what she was doing.
Soon enough, my own passion would come from that fateful afternoon when I was on the ice with her and the rest of the team. And eventually, I would have scored my first ever goal in an athletic competition in a round robin match on Mother’s Day of that year.
My time with Kristen was unfortunately short lived. I was binding myself to her and to her social contacts which were other people with disabilities. She now lives and trains in the northwestern United States.
When I was with her, she always talked about her dream of being at the Paralympic Games. She wanted to represent her country well.
Kristen made it on the team and participated in two events of the Paralympic games. She raced in the 100 m and the 200 m races.
While in London, she didn’t make it to the medal stand. But she was able to fulfill the dream she had for such a long time. And she even claimed a World Record for one of her races in her class.
Such an accomplishment.
I am so very proud of her!
Without knowing Kristen, I probably would not know sledge hockey. And I would be stuck at home doing nothing but feeling sorry for myself.
My debt of gratitude to her is so great. And I wish her future success as she returns back home to the United States and continues on in her journey and career.
She is another prime example of someone who stuck with her dreams through hard work and extreme dedication to make sure that those dreams came true.