Occupation: Civil Service, Government of Manitoba (20 years) Taekwondo Instructor - Kang’s Taekwondo Academy & Certified National Level Taekwondo Referee/ NCCP certification
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Family: Married with one Daughter, 17 years old
My biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: 4th Dan Kukkiwon Taekwondo Certification/WTF Style; 4th Dan Changmookwan Certification in Taekwondo, Brown Belt in Goju-Ryu Style Karate; 1996 Habitat for Humanity, Cycle of Hope, Winnipeg to Atlanta, Georgia. (3 wks/2100 km); 2003 RAGBRAI bike ride across the State of Iowa with 10,000 Cyclists (1 wk/800 km)
In the News: MGEU Member is Ready to Ride to Fight Cancer
Grasp life by the handlebars - Make a difference!!
I remember growing up in Northwestern Ontario in the 1970’s and always being on a bike. Going for miles and hours at a time on all kinds on terrain, before the introduction of mountain bikes and long before I knew that drinking water and cycling belonged together.
In 1983 I was a high school student living in Capreol, Ontario. A buddy and I purchased a couple of touring bikes with the peer-pressured challenge to load it up and bike to Manitoulin Island. Again I think we each carried one bottle of water for the ride and improper clothing or safety gear. But we did it. It was from there that I knew I wanted to travel across Canada by bike.
A lot has changed since then. I moved, started work, interests changed and society got smart with the importance of hydration, helmets and safety. Still I always hung onto that quarter of a century goal to bike the country.
I learned about the Sears’ National Kids’ Cancer Ride while reading the local paper in the summer of 2008. I took note of the web-address and searched the idea online, soon finding myself completing the application process for 2009. From there I became fixated on the idea. Some have made reference that I have a form of what they call “OCD”. I will leave that up to you to figure that out. But I do know that the adrenalin has caused a stir since being selected as a National Rider.
I confess that my knowledge or first hand experience with childhood cancer is limited at best. After reading the many stories of fellow riders, I have grown to admire their strengths and the strengths of the children involved. It is easy to see that the average citizen takes for granted the joys and healthiness of laughter heard in the playground. If we don’t, sweat the small stuff and focus on the real challenges in life we can make a difference. Many of the kids I will meet along this ride are facing these challenges today. For them I am going to face this enduring and demanding challenge of raising funds and biking across our great country. The greatest challenge of my life will be in support of their daily challenges. The difference being is that on June 24th, 2009, my challenge will have ended and for many of the kids theirs will be continuing.
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” ~Charles F. Kettering