Big Island School Visited by Paralympic Alpine Skier Josh Dueck

On Monday, February 8, Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Paralyzed from the waist down from a ski accident in 2004 at the age of 23, Josh shared his personal story of perseverance and overcoming adversity with students. Dueck fought hard to get back on the slopes and did so in a big way winning a gold medal in men’s super-combined and a silver in sitting downhill at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition, he won gold in mono skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games and multiple other top honors, including the title of the world’s first sit-skier to complete a back flip.

Students were enthralled during his presentation which ended with a dynamic question and answer session. “Josh was such an inspiration to our 4th and 5th graders – they were amazed and truly engaged in learning about his life journey and the lessons learned through his experiences,” says Heather Emmons, Parker School grade 4 teacher.  “He spoke to our 9 and 10 year olds in a way that captured their attention and, like a teacher, taught students very important life lessons to be remembered.” Dueck personally signed a photo for each student.

Retired from skiing in 2014, today Dueck travels the world as a public and motivational speaker and has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as featured in a documentary called Freedom Chair.  Learn more about Josh Dueck at www.joshdueck.com.

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