Evan Medell: Para Taekwondo Athlete
I have been practicing the art of Taekwondo for 6 years. In July, 2015 at the US Nationals I became one of the 1st USA National Para Taekwondo Team members.This set in motion my pursuit of making the USA Taekwondo Paralympic Team, and competing in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.
2020 will be the inaugural introduction of Taekwondo into the Paralympics and I am excited at the prospect of being one of the first athletes in the world to have a chance to win a medal in Taekwondo at the Paralympic level.
Being a Para athlete means I have a disability.I don’t use this word often because I don’t look at it that way. I have Brachial Plexus Palsy which is a paralysis that affects the arm. I don’t let it stop me, and I don’t use it as an excuse. It just means that at times I have to work a little harder, or be more innovative .
I’m a license Diesel Mechanic in the State of Michigan, youngest athlete to every compete at Worlds in Para Teakwondo, 1st USA Para Taekwondo athlete to receive an athletic scholarship. And I have an opportunity to be one of the 1st Para Taekwondo althetes to receive an medal in the Paralympics. And these are just some examples of what hard work and determination can achieve.
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