Saturday, October 20, 2007

Aaron Scheidies hopes his story encourages others

Triathlete Aaron Scheidies explained to Wesley Homewood how he competes in triathlon events yesterday at Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind.

Inspiring minds

THE students who were gathered in the cafeteria of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind yesterday may never see his face or hear his voice, but as an accomplished triathlete, Aaron Scheidies hopes the youngsters can find inspiration in his story.

A rare degenerative condition gradually robbed Scheidies of his sight as a youth, but he hasn't let blindness slow him down. Instead, he has competed in more than 60 triathlons over the last five years, and visited HCDB yesterday to share his account of overcoming a physical obstacle.

"I went through the same struggles as them and I know what it's like," the 22-year-old Scheidies said before addressing the group. "I'm not just somebody telling them, 'You can do it, you can do it.' I've done it. I know what it's like." continue reading

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