“Where was he going?” I thought to myself as the sweat dripped off me.
During my early morning workout a few weeks ago, he wheeled passed me while I was on the StairMaster. The curiosity got the best of me as I watched him, but I then focused back on the TV monitors in front of my machine. Two minutes later I looked back over only to see this…
Travis Gaertner was born without his left leg and just a partial right leg. But that didn’t stop him from doing some amazing things, as he most certainly has had the athletic mindset since he was a little boy. In our conversation he told me the prosthetic leg they gave him at a young age just slowed him down, so he insisted on trying the wheelchair. Those wheels soon became his legs and he made a decision. He was going to be a world class athlete! Most people born without legs would probably feel sorry for themselves, but not Travis. Born in the snowy location of Canada, Travis would take his wheelchair out for a daily three mile push to build his strength and endurance. Amazing!
Some of Travis’ amazing accomplishments:
Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team 1998 – 2004 (6 years)
2 time gold medalist – Paralympics in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
Captain at the University of Illinois and member of Canadian national team
Graduated from the University of Illinois with BA, Actuarial Science in 2003
Consulting Actuary FSA, EA 2002 – Present (9 years)
Seeing his accomplishments, it’s obvious that Travis doesn’t see himself as “handicapped”. What is apparent is that he has a very strong athletic mindset, one we could all learn from!