Welcome to Wheels in motion!
Let me start out by saying a big thanks to Nick and everyone involved at Midwest Communications for letting me do this. Can’t thank you enough!!
Little background on your guru of disabled sports, me. Well I am disabled from a birth defect called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which means brittle bones. Along the way people have tried to stop me from playing sports, but my doctors, family, and friends always kept me plugging away. So what sports have I played?
Basketball and I guess I was good at it, not great but good. Unless were talking shooting then I was one of the best, some might argue but hey this is my blog not yours. ;) I was 14 years old and found wheelchair basketball and have been hooked every since. While playing, there were junior tournaments, college tournaments, where in 1999 while at Whitewater we won a college championship, then there were final fours in the NWBA Division 1 and 3 and just for kicks people thought I was good enough to make some all tournament teams.
While playing basketball in Minnesota where I met my first guest, Dan Price, the head coach for the Whitewater Women’s Wheelchair basketball team, he and a few others introduced me to Wheelchair softball. Well that was a blast and again I was just good enough to make some all tournament teams and was the best rookie in 2001. Won a National Championship with the St. Paul Saints team in 2006 and again with the Minnesota Twins just last year, 2011.
While playing with many of the softball teammates I was introduced to Wheelchair Tennis. Where in just a couple of years playing, winning a few times here and there in both doubles and singles, there was talk about me making the Paralympic team, but because life sometimes gives you lemons, that dream is not a distant past.
However with not playing tennis anymore, it leaves me time to focus on softball, and to bring you the best coverage of disabled sports you could imagine. So without further banter, here it is, WHEELS IN MOTION…Enjoy.