Chris Waddell - February 28, 2012


Morning Drive Contributor Annika Sorenstam sat down with 12-time Paralympic Medal Winner Chris Waddell at the Escape for Good event in Phoenix, Arizona. Waddell was a promising young skier at Middlebury College in 1988 when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He said that sometimes golf is the most tiring thing he does because he is holding on to the back of a cart to get from shot to shot.

Before the accident, he thought the competition was all about him but after the accident, the competition was no longer about him but instead became about representing an entire group of people who are paralyzed and the goal becomes about doing the best he could to best represent that group of people.

By scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, Waddell wanted to make an impact on the 1.1 billion people with physical disabilities. It was also part of his own personal journey as his life dramatically changed following his accident to where he was no longer only an athlete.

He is also a motivational speaker and Waddell’s message is basing your life not on what happens to you but what you do in reaction to what happens. He is currently working on a wide variety of projects including making a movie about his climb up the mountain. Skiing as well as playing golf represented new opportunities for him and he would like to show how they can represent new opportunities for others. He said that he knows who inspires him but he does not know who he inspires and wants to learn about the people that he has been able to reach and inspire. For more information, log on to