If you recently experienced an SCI or you have a disability, you may not have active living, sports and exercise on your mind. But the reality is that recreation may be more beneficial than you realize. From managing stress to improving your physical wellness to feeling connected to your community – recreation is a powerful act, not to mention fun. We understand there may be some challenges to finding accessible recreation – but that’s why we’re here.
On this episode of Underestimated, presented by Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers and brought to you by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we’re talking about accessible recreation.
Kevin Mills is the first person with quadriplegia to cross the country by pedaling with his arms and shoulders. Kevin sustained a spinal cord injury in 2009 while traveling in Cuba, and after years of rehab and therapy discovered hand cycling. He’s handcycling across Canada to show that accessible recreation is possible for everyone. On his journey he endured hurricane-force winds, inaccessible campground washrooms and showers, the theft of his bike, punishing mountain climbs and too many near misses with passing vehicles. Kevin has used his journey to advocate for cycling trails that are more accessible to people with disabilities. His goal is to see a continuous bike lane across Canada, separated from cars and wide enough for a wheelchair. The Pedaling Possibilities team raised roughly $40,000 to help others get active with adaptive sports equipment and activity-based therapy for people with disabilities. Kevin lives in Newmarket, Ontario with his family.