The Dream of Canada Boston Marathon Champion, Winning Gold in London

Monday, 27-year-old Mr. Cassidy won the Boston Marathon wheelchair competition, including the notorious heartbreak the hard struggle of the mountain, it is located 29 km to 42 km of the dignified manner test conquer Boston street. In the summer as hot as others drop out of school.

But he was far from satisfactory. Won the gold medal in the thinking that drives him to the London Paralympics in September. This victory, he is a serious contender.

Cassidy, missed his first gold medal in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His family – including five brothers and four sisters – did not travel to Beijing, and missing, set their collection to London Travel Aeroplan flight point heartbreak.

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Monday, 27-year-old Mr. Cassidy won the Boston Marathon wheelchair competition, including the notorious heartbreak the hard struggle of the mountain, it is located 29 km to 42 km of the dignified manner test conquer Boston street. In the summer as hot as others drop out of school.

But he was far from satisfactory. Won the gold medal in the thinking that drives him to the London Paralympics in September. This victory, he is a serious contender.

Cassidy, missed his first gold medal in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His family – including five brothers and four sisters – did not travel to Beijing, and missing, set their collection to London Travel Aeroplan flight point heartbreak.

“We are all set up in London, I will not miss it,” said his mother, Anne. ”We have nine brothers and sisters tickets.”

Mr. Cassidy is only three weeks, he had multiple surgeries.

“This is a terrible start, but with our first child, a young couple from the beginning, he was a soldier, said:” Ms. Cassidy. ”After a full day of surgery on his abdomen and his back, I remember we called his name, his eyes open. We know he was here for a reason, he always through.”

In the hospital until he was seven years old, Cassidy recalls flashes of those years, his hip and leg surgery. He comforted the Ernie and Bert doll held. Mustard-like mask, before surgery to his nose and mouth taste.

The survivors of cancer, childhood memories growing up in a warm family good days are often filled with the movement. Yes, sports.

His father was a military pilot, this family is constantly on the move. Mr. Cassidy grew up with and around the house lost a little feeling in his thigh but he can manage.

He is the oldest of 10 children and their undisputed leader.

Cassidy Mr. road hockey goalie to speed up the crease on the whole on his knees.Launched over the grass in his wheelchair, they hutted his football and he led the way as a quarterback. He climbed into the exposed basement rafters in their families and swing their legs, and his brothers immediately from the arms.

“The rules of each game, he is the captain,” said Ben, Mr. Cassidy’s brother. ”We followed him everywhere he is our goalie, because he could not play elsewhere, but because he is a seriously awesome goalie and he is all good.”

His little brother’s children in the U.S. military base in the wheelchair to go around the bike package, guiding them to imitate their father, a symbol of driving as part of the Canadian Snowbird jets into an art unit. Cassidy, will do the head first military to climb down the stairs of his home, his little brother will try to follow in the same way.

Cassidy Mr. general heading of the package, just because he is Marathon Monday in Boston.

His previous game, rather than the package, adhere to save some energy early next year. Behind him several champion wheelchair riders charge – the man has repeatedly won the most prestigious marathon in the world. His combat victory in one hour, 18 minutes and 25 seconds – more than three minutes before any other competitors. He broke the world record for two seconds.

Mr. said: “I am beautiful mobile is difficult to know what the guy behind me,” Cassidy’s cell phone from Boston. ”There are seven players to win the game, so I can not slow down. I do [] Boston Marathon twice before, so know the course, but I finally have a chance against the peak of my gold.”

Mr. Cassidy was awarded the 2010 London Marathon wheelchair section, followed by 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m, with the Canadian champion up to. Wearing a racing suit Niamh Curry, a 6-year-old British girl to compete for the same cancer, his name, he will participate later this month in the 2012 London Marathon. He is trying to help her raise funds to treat Philadelphia.

He has met the standard of Paralympic, but his performance still must select the Canadian team at the Canadian Track and Field Championships open in Calgary in late June. He hoped that the competition in four events: the Olympic Games 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m and the marathon.

Mr. Cassidy training twice a day, six days a week, riding cross the campus of Humber College, Toronto lakeside or far northern cities and mountains of rural roads, to test his muscles and his mind.

Stroke in 2012 at midnight, most people celebrate the new year rang, Mr. Cassidy is alone at home, training in the chair to roll focus, one year ahead, including in the London Olympics.

“This is my personal things,” he said. ”I have a resolution for the London Paralympic Games, I hope to its work in 2012.”

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