My kid taught me something yesterday. Determination trumps it all.
From the time he was 8 years old, my son Chris had been pursing a dream to be a professional athlete and play in the NHL and he put everything he had into it. His dream took him places with leadership roles on teams in the WSHL, the BCHL, and the EJHL. By the age of 20, he had competed in 5 USA Hockey Junior National Championship Tournaments and was talking to colleges about next steps. Then, at the end of 2009, something was not right. He lost 75 lbs in three months (not a good thing for someone with hardly any body fat to begin with) and landed in the hospital. The doctors diagnosed him with Crohn’s Disease and told him to take it easy and give himself a chance to recover.
He recovered alright, but he did not take it easy. He was determined to succeed. He hit the gym and the ice. By spring of 2010 he was back. In prime condition, he had his first a minor league pro try out. He blew the scouts and the coaches away. But not the front office. To them a player with Crohn’s was too much of a business risk. “Yes, there are NHL players who have successfully played the game after getting the disease,” he was told, “but they were not going to sign one on as a rookie.”
Not long after that, he made a decision. As a certified personal trainer, he had helped others for several years. He would focus on that as a business and find a sport that would allow him to use his skills and talents to succeed and reach his goals while completing his college education in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix. Not willing to set his pro sport dreams aside, he shifted his focus to a new competitive sport. Cross Fit. He began to train and learn everything he needed to learn about this new sport. On January 15th he entered his first Cross Fit Competition, The Hammer of AZ in the Achilles event. Take a look.
The Next Goal
Now it’s back to business and training. He’s determined to succeed, compete., and win.
He’ll get there. He’s determined.
And his Dad, brother and I will be there to cheer him on to victory again.
Thanks for stopping by for a little life story. Stay Tuned…
Note: The sport of cross fit is catching on with people of all ages. Not everyone needs to be an “Achilles”. You might enjoy learning more in this video.