Ryan Chalmers, a 23 year-old elite wheelchair athlete who learned to dive in the Cayman Islands in 2005, will push his racing chair across Grand Cayman on Saturday, 24 November. Push Across Cayman is designed to celebrate all persons with disabilities and raise funds for Stay-Focused, a nonprofit organisation that enables teens and young adults with disabilities to experience SCUBA diving at whatever level they can achieve.
Ryan is an extraordinary young man who has attained an amazing level of fitness, coupled with a great talent for sports. He recently attended the 2012 Paralympics in London, England, as part of the USA team and has no intention of slowing down. The Push Across Cayman event is actually a prequel to his bid to Push Across America in 2013, which will take Ryan and his racing chair from one coast of the United States to the other.
Push Across Cayman will begin at Camana Bay on early Saturday morning at 6am with a 5K walk/run and all ages are encouraged to participate. They will then cheer Ryan on as he leaves to make the 55-mile journey across Grand Cayman, and be ready to welcome him back upon his return. There will be lots of activities at Camana Bay for adults and children, so it’s definitely a day you don’t want to miss.
Go along to support Ryan in his quest and help raise awareness for Stay-Focused.
For more information about Ryan’s upcoming plans and the Stay-Focused programme, see their web site www.stay-focused.org.
The Push Across Cayman event is actually a prequel to his bid to Push Across America in 2013, which will take Ryan and his racing chair from one coast of the United States to the other.