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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Moran Samuel

The rehabilitation was brutal, but I didn’t give up

I grew up in a small town located in the northern part of Israel. I played professional basketball and was part of the youth national team. At the age of 24 while still being a basketball player and a coach, and also a physical therapy student, I woke up one morning and after two hours was completely paralyzed from the chest down. Later the doctors found out I suffered a spinal stroke. The rehabilitation was brutal, but I didn’t give up. I decided to win over my body each and every morning, in order to go back to school and accomplish all of my goals in life. It took me 3 month but I did it, I got back to Haifa University and graduated in 2009 as a pediatric and child developmental physical therapist.

Slowly I grew into loving this amazing combination between body and mind that rowing taught me

5 years ago I decided to go back to my first love and began to play wheelchair basketball. Being an athlete again was a significant and powerful step for me. I have represented Israel in the 2011 and 2013 European wheelchair basketball championship, and was elected for the All Star team of the tournament. On top of that, I play with the professional men team of Biet Halochem Tel Aviv. At the end of 2010 I took up pararowing as an individual sport. Slowly I grew into loving this amazing combination between body and mind that rowing taught me. I have won a bronze and silver middle in world championships and now I aim as high as possible for Rio 2016!

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