When I read this definition, I immediately think of three extremely dedicated runners I'm honoured to know. It fits them perfectly.
Catherine: In 2015, Catherine represented Canada and won three gold medals on the track in the 100-metre and 200-metre run distances, and 4x400-metre relay. She has competed in many races around the world.
Disability: A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
Rhonda, Catherine and Graydon do not let this definition limit them. Instead, it seems to fuel them, to challenge them to not just succeed--but to exceed.
Every runner I know can benefit from some sort of help in reaching their goals. Whether it's a coach laying out a training schedule, a gym providing workout equipment and classes, or a friend to run with in the pre-dawn hours. Achilles Canada helps disabled athletes reach their goals as well.
Achilles Canada is a non-profit organization that enables people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem and lower barriers. Able-bodied Achilles volunteers encourage and support Achilles athletes during training and at races as guides.
On March 13, 2016, Achilles Canada will be holding their 17th annual St. Patrick's Day 5K in downtown Toronto, and I'm honoured to be an ambassador for the race. This is a popular race, not just because of the downtown scenic location, beer and chili, but because money raised goes to support the Achilles athletes in reaching their goals.
Sharing the same goal of crossing the finish line at the end of the race, barriers between the disabled and the able-bodied are broken down by the sheer joy and sense of achievement that participants share together.--Achilles Canada