Ryan Chalmers is an inspirational elite wheelchair athlete who recently participated in the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. A participant and now mentor in the Stay-Focused nonprofit dive programme, centred around offering scuba diving to disabled teens and young adults,
Ryan is constantly striving to take on new challenges. His latest goal is to push his racing chair around Grand Cayman on Saturday, 24 November as a first step toward his attempt to push across America in 2013.
“Stay-Focused will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2013,” says founder Roger Muller. “To launch our celebration and Push Across America campaign, we will host Push Across Cayman on Saturday, 24 November. Ryan Chalmers will push his racing chair across Cayman, a 55-mile route, starting and ending in Camana Bay.
In the spring of 2013, Ryan will embark on Push Across America, a 71-day journey, which will have Ryan “pushing” his racing chair from Los Angeles to New York City, starting on 6 April. Ryan will be pushing to build awareness for all persons with disabilities and to raise money for Stay-Focused.
The day starts with a fun 5K walk/run for all ages at 6am, and then participants are encouraged to stay and cheer Ryan on as he leaves Camana Bay to start his push around the island. Be there to welcome him upon his return, and enjoy the many activities that will be available throughout the day.
There will be a Family Fun Day Carnival on The Paseo from noon to 3pm with carnival games, food booths, raffle prizes, live music and fun for the entire family. All proceeds will go toward running Stay-Focused programmes in Grand Cayman.
For more information on Stay-Focused see their web site at stay-focused.org