REAL LIFE

Overcoming Limits: A Man Became Paraplegic But Still Climbed A Mountain

Date February 2, 2018

Some people provide us with true life lessons on a daily basis. Lai Chi-Wai, a 35-year-old Chinese man, was once building a successful career as an athlete and considered the best mountaineer in Asia.

He won the Asian Climbing Championship four times and was the first Chinese person to win the X-Games Extreme Sports Tournament prize.

Unfortunately, he was involved in a car crash, which left him paraplegic. Faced with an often-disheartening condition, he did not give up on his dreams and started practicing a variety of sports that he could do in a wheelchair. Among these sports were boxing, fencing, and table tennis.

His heart, however, yearned for climbing, but due to being paraplegic, his mind was filled with doubts and questions concerning safety and his limitations.

But everything requires time, and he needed only to adapt to his new situation. After five years adjusting to his new life, he made a decision to climb the Lion Rock Hill, Hong Kong, which is almost 500-meter high. The Lion Rock is named so because it has the shape of the animal, and it is a a symbol of resilience.

For this particular mountain climber, this challenge represented finally overcoming one of the most difficult moments of his life. He proved to himself that his paraplegic condition is not an insurmountable obstacle to reaching his dreams.

Now, he has achieved this goal and believes he can also try other sports, which is what he has always loved doing. What a beautiful story of overcoming one’s limitations.

Source: G1

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