Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain

HONG KONG: A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did n...

HONG KONG: A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York’s Empire State Building.

The 35-year-old, who is paralyzed from the hip down, recently became the first Chinese athlete to be nominated for the Laureus World’s Best Sporting Moment of the month after he successfully scaled Lion Rock - a 495 meter tall (1624 feet)mountain which symbolizes a “Hong Kong spirit” of persistence, resilience and unity.

The Laureus World Sports Award honors the best sportsmen and sportswomen of the year, as well as sporting moments of the month. The awards organization was founded by Swiss-based luxury goods firm Richemont and German carmaker Daimler.

Lai lost the December award to a viral video which showed a packed sports stadium of 70,000 people in Iowa turning and waving to children in an adjacent hospital.

But he said he was surprised he was nominated to begin with, and hoped his story could inspire Chinese people and athletes with disabilities.

“To me climbing to the top was accomplishing a dream of mine,” Lai said.

“It also - by climbing the mountain - meant that I could show to my friends and supporters that I have overcome one of the lowest points in life: even though I’m in a wheelchair I can challenge other sports and still be able to do what I love most.”

A four-time champion of the Asian Rock Climbing Championships and the world’s first Chinese winner of the X-Game’s extreme sports, Lai climbed up Lion Rock on December 9, 2016, upon the 5th anniversary of the car accident.

-Source: News Agency

COMMENTS


*

Name

AROUND THE GLOBE,432,business,28,BY READERS,358,FEATURE,190,GLOBE,15,KERALA,6,Movie,266,SPECIAL STORY,298,TAMILNADU,2,TOP STORY,887,TRAVEL,8,
ltr
item
Local Glob: Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain
Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lBjrC8EhZgY/WleJjUKctgI/AAAAAAAAAOs/3c2BP2qz82Q0PpndbCEq-DqIh4Kv0G_wQCLcBGAs/s320/wheel%2Bchair%2Bclimber.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lBjrC8EhZgY/WleJjUKctgI/AAAAAAAAAOs/3c2BP2qz82Q0PpndbCEq-DqIh4Kv0G_wQCLcBGAs/s72-c/wheel%2Bchair%2Bclimber.jpg
Local Glob
http://www.localglob.com/2018/01/wheelchair-bound-athlete-honored-for.html
http://www.localglob.com/
http://www.localglob.com/
http://www.localglob.com/2018/01/wheelchair-bound-athlete-honored-for.html
true
8255692317570297677
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy