We have hired a new BTG coordinator for Regina, Shelby Harrower. Join her on Tuesdays starting September 16 from 2:30-4:00pm at the Wascana Rehab Gym. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.
1.Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Shelby Harrower, I am a second year University of Regina student studying Therapeutic Recreation with the faculty of Kinesiology. I have been playing wheelchair sports since I was about 5 years old and have been involved with Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports for about 12 years. Outside of sports I also have an interest in music and was a member of Do It With Class Young Peoples Theatre for 7 years. My favorite activities are going knee boarding and boating in the summer and participating in wheelchair basketball.
2. Describe your role as BTG Coordinator.
As the Bridging the Gap coordinator I am responsible for getting people involved in wheelchair sports and recruiting new players to participate within our clubs. I am also responsible for holding weekly Bridging the Gap events in Regina at Wascana Rehab on Tuesdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, which will help people learn about the different wheelchair sports activities that SWSA has to offer.
3. What do you like about your job so far?
I am excited about being a part of the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association because I will be able to help people get involved with the amazing wheelchair sports that SWSA. offers and hopefully help improve their quality of life through sports. I also hope to gain more knowledge about the different sports.
4. How did you become interested in Para-sports?
My interest in wheelchair sports happened when I was about 5 years old, my sister Cory Harrower who has cerebral palsy, started playing wheelchair basketball with the Regina Paratroopers. After attending many practices with my sister, Mike Brady, Cory’s coach, offered me a chair to play in. I immediately fell in love with the sport and being able to compete with my sister at an equal level. It has been about 14 years since I started playing wheelchair basketball and I am still in love with it. Without wheelchair sports I do not believe I would be the person I am today. Each day I see myself growing stronger as a person because I realize that I have the potential to help people and maybe even change their lives. I have seen my sister succeed in so many wheelchair sports throughout my life that I am driven to help other people accomplish the things that she has. In the past I have introduced wheelchair basketball to a few people and even seeing those people grow and become members of the national team, makes me feel as though I have contributed to their life and have helped them accomplish something they may never had thought possible. Although I may not be able to compete at high levels in the sport I still believe that in the future I will still have a very active role in wheelchair sports.
5.What would you say to someone who is coming out to a BTG Event?
When people start coming out to a Bridging the Gap event I would encourage them to try different sports and see which one they like the best. I would encourage them to pursue a sport that they are interested in and notify them about the things that they could accomplish within the sport.