Here is the Story. I was working the Edmonton Intact Marathon Expo where I had a booth set-up for The Stick, when I noticed a man in a wheelchair moving around backwards in the tent area. I did not think anything of it until I realized that he was in there for quite some time and was not assisted by anyone. He was on his own. One of the other exhibitors and I were chatting when the same guy in the wheelchair rolled up to us and tried speaking to us. At first, it was very hard to understand him because he stuttered and had problems expressing what he was trying to tell us. We were patient or should I say he was patient as we started our conversation.
It turned out that his name was Ken as well!
He was dressed in a sporty track jacket and tights. He looked athletic and boy, was he ever! After about 10 minutes of trying to understand him, we interpreted that he just finished rolling out a 10km exercise session in about 55 minutes! Quite impressive to say the least. The thing that impressed us the most was he did it backwards! That’s right, he did 10km’s backwards in his wheelchair. The other exhibitor commented that he was just like Mater from the Cars movie and Ken liked it!
After more conversation of filling in blanks and trying to guess what he was saying. He told us that he had his own website and a movie was made about him. A few minutes later, he rolled away.
That night, I went back to my hotel room and immediately surfed the web and found his website. It is called backwheeler.ca. Sure enough, it was his website and Ken created it with his nose! That’s right, you read it correctly, with his NOSE!! He calls himself the worlds only Nose Pecker!!! It turns out that Ken has Cerebral Palsy. He explains his life story and explains how he has been involved in wheelchair sports! His movie created by his sister is called “Catching My Breath – The Life and Races of Ken Thomas”.
You should really check it out. He truly was an inspiration to me and I know hew has touched the life of many others.