Overcoming the odds

It should make for an emotional and inspirational night when local-boy turned miracle, Mike Shaw shares his story at the 13th annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

In 2013, Shaw broke his neck in a workplace accident as a young ski coach paralyzing himself from the neck down. 

Shaw was told he would never walk again. 

That accident was more than four years ago. Shaw is now walking, swimming and back on skis. 

He will talk about his struggle and his triumph over the injury at this year’s annual athletics scholarship breakfast on April 6 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Pat Kennedy, managing director of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame, will host an interview-style conversation with Shaw. The program also features remarks by student-athlete and national cross-country champion Veronika Fagan. The third-year nursing student, who grew up in West Kelowna, was the individual gold medalist and national champion at November’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s national championship, while her team brought home the national bronze medal. Last year, Fagan finished fourth overall but led her team to a gold medal at the national championship. In 2015, she led the team to a national silver medal.

People can purchase individual tickets, a partial table, or book an entire table for 10 guests. Tickets are on sale and available at: goheat.ca/breakfast.

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