So can you imagine racing and finishing a 70.3 Ironman triathlon with no arms? Imagine how you would change out of your wetsuit, or ride the bike, or even tie your running shoes.
These are just some of the challenges that Hector Picard had to overcome as he raced the 70.3 Ironman in California earlier this year.
Hector is just one of the athletes that the Challenged Athlete Foundation helped. In fact, the CAF distributed over $1.4 million dollars to 980 athletes in 22 countries. You can read today's full press release below the video.
But we suggest that you first watch the video as Hector shows how he manages to not only race but finish fast without the use of his arms or hands.
Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a world leader in helping individuals with physical disabilities get involved and stay involved in sports, today announced the distribution of more than $1.4 million in funds to a record 980 individual grant recipients in 22 countries as part of its annual Access for Athletes program grant distribution.
The funds will help pay for adaptive sports equipment not typically covered by insurance, training and coaching expenses, and competitions. Highlights of the grant distribution include:
· 980 athlete grants awarded (80% of all applicants)
· 54% were new grantees
· Most requested equipment items were: basketball chairs (120); handcycles (104); and sports prosthetics (54)
· Grants were used to participate in 48 different sports activities