SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Skating away from adversity

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Blake Simpson

Wcmx world champion

My name is Blake Simpson, and skating is my life. Ever since I was young I've always had a thing for action-- sports, skateboarding, snowboarding and dirt biking were my favorite things to do, but I always put skating as my #1 priority. I had a extremely supportive dad who loved what I was doing with my life. When I was 13, he passed away and it changed everything. Life at home stopped, I went from being a part of a happy family with daily routines to pretty much just being by myself 24/7. Fast forward 33 years of secluding myself from the world, and I finally got tired of being depressed. I decided to start skating again. After about a year of skating, I was the passenger in a car accident that paralyzed me from the waist down. I hated myself for wasting those years of my life not doing what I loved, I never wanted to feel like that again. I used that as my driving force to push myself through rehab and teach myself how to get my life back when I came home. I didn't have any support of for my skating life at home, but everyday I would practice recovering from falls and strengthen myself to be able to ride in a skatepark. Within 6 months of being home I had a fundraiser created for a skate chair and went back to skating, no matter how crappy I felt. I made no excuses and continued to skate as much as I could, pushing myself out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. A year later I got sponsored by SeanCo Custom wheelchairs which changed everything. I recently placed 2nd at the wcmx world championships, which was probably one of the best feeling I've ever felt! Life is just getting better and better, and pushing past my anxiety and living my life the way I want to is the best decision I've ever made.

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