Offbeat Wheelchair-bound athlete honoured for climbing up mountain

16:22  12 january  2018
16:22  12 january  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York’s Empire State Building. Wheelchair - bound Lai Chi-wai climbs the

By Pak Yiu. HONG KONG (Reuters) – A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York’s Empire State Building.


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HONG KONG: A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York’s Empire State Building.

January 11, 2018 By Contributor. 0. HONG KONG (Reuters) – A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly…

A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York's Empire State Building.

The 35-year-old, who is paralysed from the hip down, recently became the first Chinese athlete to be nominated for the Laureus World's Best Sporting Moment of the month after he successfully scaled Lion Rock - a 495 metre tall (1624 feet)mountain which symbolizes a "Hong Kong spirit" of persistence, resilience and unity.

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Wheelchair - bound Lai Chi-wai could be the first Chinese athlete to win the Laureaus World's Best last updated: 11/01/2018. Now Reading: Wheelchair athlete honoured for rock climb . "To me climbing to the top was accomplishing a dream of mine and it also - by climbing the mountain

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Lai lost the December award to a viral video which showed a packed sports stadium of 70,000 people in Iowa turning and waving to children in an adjacent hospital.

But he said he was surprised he was nominated to begin with, and hoped his story could inspire Chinese people and athletes with disabilities.

“To me climbing to the top was accomplishing a dream of mine," Lai said.

"It also - by climbing the mountain - meant that I could show to my friends and supporters that I have overcome one of the lowest points in life: even though I’m in a wheelchair I can challenge other sports and still be able to do what I love most."

A four-time champion of the Asian Rock Climbing Championships and the world’s first Chinese winner of the X-Game’s extreme sports, Lai climbed up Lion Rock on December 9, 2016, upon the 5th anniversary of the car accident.

(Reporting by Pak Yiu; Writing by Pak Yiu and Venus Wu; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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