February 25, 2014
Bloorview Paralympian Visit
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, we had two amazing and inspirational Paralympians come and visit Bloorview to talk about their journey of courage, pride and strength in order to compete in the Paralympic Games. Paul Rosen was a sledge hockey goalie who plays for Team Canada. He told us, “The athlete comes before the disability.” He also said that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Paul actually met our second Paralympic guest, Shayne Smith, at Variety Village. Shayne is a Paralympic wheelchair basketball player. When Paul met Shayne, he took him under his wing and considered him to be the son he never had. Shayne’s message to Bloorview was to not let anyone bring you down. Shayne’s motto is, “No Limit!”
After seeing the presentation, I was very inspired. I have a disability too, so it was easy for me to relate to much of what they were saying. At the end of both Paul and Shayne’s speeches, it brought a boost of motivation to me, and I’m sure I am speaking for everyone who was in the school gym. Thank you Paul & Shayne for coming to share your inspirational stories with us and we hope you’ll visit again soon!
By Casey MacKay, Grade 12 student