Josh Dueck delivers powerful speech at TEDxYYC re: overcoming adversity

July 24th, 2013 by

From TEDxTalks on YouTube:

Through seemingly insurmountable odds, Josh Dueck has overcome incredible adversity to redeem a jump gone wrong while staying true to his core belief that intuition is our inner guide and that in order to fully express ourselves, we need to find, and explore, our creative outlet.

In 2004, Josh was in a life-changing accident that left him as a T11 full paraplegic. From his hospital bed with the long months of recovery ahead, it was the initial encouragement from his mentor Rick Hansen who helped Josh re-dedicate his life to freedom, adventure and helping those who can learn from his example. By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics; and followed that performance with an X Games gold medal. He then landed the first back flip on a sit-ski.

Today, Josh is an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation, a 2012 finalist for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, and the documentary, Freedom Chair, won just about every film festival award possible.

About TEDx:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized—with certain rules and regulations.

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