So yesterday I did something I've never done before: I let my name stand for nomination to the board of directors of Won With One! I was elected as a vice president last night! See?
My friend Jan sent me an email asking if I would be willing to come on board. It was totally unexpected, but she does such important work and I felt like I had the opportunity to make a difference, so I said "YES!". I may not be a Para athlete myself, but I have a long history of supporting big sporting events and advocating for awareness, accessibility and inclusion. As someone who is living with a life-altering illness that can result in paralysis and blindness, I can totally understand how important it is for someone who lives with a disability to reclaim their physicality through sport.
When it comes to sport, people with disabilities do not lack ability-what they lack is opportunity. Won With One offers the opportunity to compete in ParaTriathalon by offering resources such as equipment and guides and most importantly, a supportive community. One of the most poignant stories of One With One's impact on its athletes goes like this:
"Remember how old you were when you rode a bike for the first time?
So does Shelly Ann. She was 50."
That is the kind of difference Won With One is making. That is why I let my name stand for election to the board of directors. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to join forces with this amazing organization.
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