Team St. Luke’s athlete and 2008 Paralympian Chelsea McClammer, has been invited to compete in the Paralympic World Cup event in Manchester, England. Chelsea was one of 17 women on the U.S. Paralympic team who competed in Beijing, and at the age of 14 was the youngest of the 17 female team members. Chelsea is one of only 9 athletes from the United States who was chosen to compete in this year’s event.
Chelsea was paralyzed after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a head-on collision almost eight years ago. Chelsea went through a self-described brief “dark period,” where she felt that she didn’t belong. Soon, after joining Team St. Luke’s, the adaptive sports team created by St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington, Chelsea’s natural athletic skills surfaced and she soon went from a shy teenager to a strong and outgoing athlete.
“She pushed herself, and went from getting beat by her team mates to being able to compete with the boys because she was so quick,“ said team coach Teresa Skinner.
Chelsea and her coach, Teresa Skinner, who was selected as one of only 2 U.S. coaching staff members, will leave Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 6:00 a.m. from Spokane International Airport.
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St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Valley Hospital & Medical Center, and the community. Other INHS services include Community Health Education & Resources (CHER), Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.inhs.org.