Snowboarding News | Friday February 14, 2014 | Shared By: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Kid-Centric Adaptive Sports Clinics Allow Opportunity for Athlete To Reach for Gold
WHO: Heidi Jo Duce – Adaptive Snowboarder, 2014 Paralympic Athlete. On-location and Satellite Interviews Available
WHERE: LIVE From the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO
WHEN: February 18 2014, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Meet Heidi: Heidi Jo Duce is a 23 year old adaptive snowboarder from Colorado who is pursuing her dream of snowboarding in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. This will be the first time that snowboarding will be a part of the Winter Paralympics. Heidi is where she is today through hard work, determination, and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Shriners Hospitals for Children has cared for Heidi since she was 18 months old and also introduced her to the sport of snowboarding through their adaptive sports clinic. They challenged her to accept no limits and pursue her dreams on the slopes.
How Heidi Accepts No Limits: Most people would let being born without a fibula and most of the bones in their right ankle and foot slow them down. Not Heidi. She was diagnosed with a condition known as fibular hemimelia, which led to surgery to remove her right leg below the knee at 18 months old and a further corrective amputation surgery at 19 years old. Today, Heidi is ranked in the top 3 in the country in the sport of adaptive snowboarding. Heidi was introduced to her sport and got her first taste for athletic completion through a Shriners Hospitals for Children adaptive sports clinic. These educational programs are designed to encourage patients to adopt a “no limits” philosophy and to introduce them to sports they might not otherwise have a chance to participate. Through their care and sports clinics, as well as her strength and motivation, Heidi is on the road to compete to qualify in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
On February 18 2014, join Heidi as she shares her inspirational story on how adopting the “no limits” philosophy has helped her achieve her goals. Heidi will also share her hopes and thoughts on heading to Sochi to compete.
This segment is brought to you by Shriners Hospitals for Children
About Heidi Jo Duce: 23, snowboards with a prosthetic leg. Duce was born without a fibula and most of the bones in her right ankle and foot; she has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children -Salt Lake City. Duce learned to snowboard by attending SHC- Salt Lake’s Un-Limb-ited Amputee Camp at the age of 11.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children: For more than 90 years, Shriners Hospitals for Children® has transformed the lives of children around the world, and 2014 is proving to be no different. Through the hospital’s adaptive sports clinics, patients are first introduced to many sports they otherwise might not have a chance to participate in. This program encourages patients to adopt a “No Limits” philosophy towards their treatment and training. As a result, seven former and current patients are headed to Sochi to compete to qualify in the 2014 Paralympic Games.