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This week's challenge was a no brainer for me. It is the perfect oportunity for me to honour my dear friend Michelle Stillwell.
We met when Michelle became my client some 15 years ago, a relationship that since then has grown into a treasured friendship.
Michelle is an Para Olympian and will take part in her 3rd Olympics in London.
The photo inset is Michelle and me as I wear one of her Olympic Gold medals. Yes she has won multiple gold.
Michelle is a source of inspiration for anyone battling personal disabilities, including Mrs. Jomoud. Her motto is "Never give up"

Her bio below may give you inspiration as well::

At the age of 17 Michelle was rendered quadriplegic after falling from a friends back while piggyback riding. Prior to her injury Michelle was involved in many sports. She excelled at track, basketball and ringette. Her injury has not put a stop to her enjoyment of these sports…just a few alterations.

A gold medalist at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Basketball, Michelle Stilwell is no stranger to athletic success. However, Michelle was forced to quit basketball shortly after the games due to complications arising from her spinal cord injury. Despite this, rather than give up, she moved to a whole new sport and channeled her competitive drive and passion for sport into making one of the most meteoric rises for any Canadian athlete ever—going from a novice Wheelchair racer to World champion in just two years. In fact, in 2006 she won a Gold medal and set a new games record at the World Championships in the 200m and captured silver in the 100m.

In 2007, 2009, and 2010 Michelle won the women’s quad division at the Vancouver Sun Run 10k and the Victoria Times Colonist 10k but her specialty lies in sprints where she won numerous track and field competitions in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events. In May of 2008, just seven weeks post surgery Michelle broke the World Record in both the 100m and 200m. Four months later success was found again in Beijing at the Paralympic Games where Michelle found herself on top of the podium for the 100m and 200m events breaking Paralympic Records in both. Most recently Michelle brought home 3 Gold medals and a Silver from the IPC World Championships in New Zealand. An incredible comeback after major spine surgery just 5 months prior.

Michelle is extremely dedicated to training, bringing her competitive drive to athletics after an extremely successful international career in Wheelchair Basketball. She manages to juggle full time child rearing and homeschooling, marriage and the training required to compete at the international level. Michelle actively speaks about the stages of her life, the circumstances that brought her to become a wheelchair athlete, her major victories, and her minor disappointments. Her words to live by are “Remove self-imposed limitations – anything is possible with a positive attitude.” She is an ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Association, ActNow BC and the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Michelle is again a member of the Canadian 2012 Paralympic Team and will compete at the upcoming Games in London, England.
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Jul 13 2012 03:11 GMT annaschnitfink
A very well deserved bravo for Michelle!!!
Great entry to the theme dear John.
Jul 13 2012 04:10 GMT sini
Great sport entry!:)
Jul 13 2012 05:09 GMT hallo
This is a perfect entry John, thanks for sharing!
Jul 13 2012 05:17 GMT saffi9
inspiring entry john
Jul 13 2012 06:03 GMT superJoan
We can all learn something from Michelle such courage and determination well rewarded with GOLD....Great entry John..one of the best...
Jul 13 2012 06:42 GMT marijke06
great sportfriday entry jomoud!
Jul 13 2012 06:44 GMT 25barb
What a heart warming story..This is perfect for today's theme.
Thank you for sharing this great tribute. And may she come home with more gold and pass o that inspiration to many others.
Jul 13 2012 08:23 GMT mandybee
heartwarming entry
Jul 13 2012 08:41 GMT bandsix
A wonderful bio John of an amazing woman...sometimes you come across these extraordinary humans who are such an inspiration to the rest of us...I wish her every success here in the Olympics in London!
Jul 13 2012 08:45 GMT MargNZ
Michelle deserves gold for her marvellous spirit and inspiration .
Great to see her most recent medals were won in NZ . A wonderful entry John :)
Jul 13 2012 09:03 GMT hans55 PRO
a fantastic and very special sports entry !!!
Jul 13 2012 13:42 GMT wijnie58
WOW Amazing sport entry, John...I hope she is succesful in London...:-))
Jul 13 2012 14:08 GMT Squirrel PRO
BEAUTIFUL SHOT AND GREAT ENTRY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Have a beautiful weekend too.
Jul 13 2012 14:37 GMT sunrise99
Never give up! Golden motto, indeed! Really inspiring entry, my friend!
Jul 13 2012 14:45 GMT martini957
Remarkable young lady....when the going gets tough...the tough gets going...also interesting that a piggyback ride resulted in such a serious injury. Heart touching entry
Jul 13 2012 15:51 GMT elsje323
very special entry, I wish here succes in London
Jul 13 2012 18:27 GMT roncarlin PRO
Excellent entry and story. It takes real guts to overcome a handycap.
Jul 13 2012 18:38 GMT fhelsing PRO
an inspiring entry!
Jul 13 2012 22:21 GMT aquiles PRO
EXTRAORDINARIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!....ÚNICA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 14 2012 01:26 GMT T1MELESS PRO
And who said women can't multi task Nice one !!!!!

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