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chal·lenge [chal-inj] noun, verb, -lenged- leng·ing, adjective, noun something that by its nature or character requires special effort; may interfere with or prevent action or progress. www.dictionary. reference.com
SIGNIFICANCE Everyone experiences challenges; some big and others small. Every time I visit my Uncle Allan, I watch him overcome challenges as part of everyday life. He makes many other challenges seem small. When he became an international athlete, I realized that most challenges can be overcome when work hard enough.
WHO IS ALLAN SEMENIUK? He was born March 9, 1967 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Throughout his childhood and into his teens he was a very strong and skilled athlete. He excelled in every sport; especially as a pitcher in fastball, a linebacker in football, & swimming. He loved family and friends and was always on the go -> usually on his motorcycle. He is an amazing man....my uncle Allan!
LIFE CHANGED AT 18 Shortly after turning 18 years old, Allan was in a serious motorcycle accident. One minute he was on his bike.......the next he was waking up in the hospital as a quadriplegic.
The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES About 200,000 Canadians have spinal cord injuries. 52% are paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic. Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year. 82% are male. 56% occur between the ages of 16 and 30. Injuries are most commonly caused by: Vehicular accidents 37%, Violence 28%, Falls 21%, Sports 6% Other 8%.
MEDICALLY WHAT HAPPENED? Allan has permanent damage to C6-C7 vertebrae No use of lower body Bicep function Shoulder rotation Elbow & wrist extension Some loss of hand function
Allans Philosophy After the Accident Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – which is life itself. - Walter Anderson
REHABILITATION Pain, sweat & tears. Preserve and strengthen useable body functions. Right from the start, Allan was determined to do the best he could. Wanted no sympathy. Said he would play sports again....and excel at it!!!
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY PARALYMPICS 1991 – 2005 National Wheelchair Rugby Team 1996 Paralympics (Silver) in Atlanta, Georgia 2000 Paralympics (placed 4 th ) in Sydney, Australia 2004 Paralympics (Silver) in Athens, Greece
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY WORLD COMPETITION 1995 Silver Medal Nottwil, Switzerland 1998 Bronze Medal Toronto, Canada 2002 Gold Medal Gothenburg, Sweden
2002 World Champions!!! Defeating the U.S. For the first time in International competition!!
INDIVIDUAL HONORS 2002 and 2004 Best Player at Canadian National Championship. Numerous MVP awards while playing for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Canadian teams from 1987 – 2005.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE On November 6, 2010 Allan Semeniuk was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE On June 15, 2013 Allan Semeniuk will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
CHALLENGES.......are not supposed to paralyze you, theyre supposed to help you discover who you are. - Bernice Johnson...are opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves when life seems the most challenging. - Joseph Campbell