Paralympian brings motivational message to Washington youths
Published 4:00 pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Washington Primary School recently welcomed a very special guest to its classrooms.
Chris Waddell is most known for his achievements as a skier in the Paralympics, earning 12 medals. He is also regarded as the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
In his current role as a motivational speaker, Waddell spoke to the Washington children in first, third, fourth and fifth grades about how each person has the power to make choices about how we are perceived. He also said that when we are faced with challenges we can choose resilience, and shared his motto, "It's not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens to you."
In conjunction with his presentation, students were asked to reflect on their heros, and shared heartfelt stories about important people in their lives or in history.
Parent Tina Babarovic arranged Waddell's visit.