Paralympian hoping to inspire young Cumbrians after London 2012 Olympics (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Paralympian hoping to inspire young Cumbrians after London 2012 Olympics
A paralympian is coming to Cumbria to inspire young people to use their passions to overcome their problems.
Karen Darke, who will be competing in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, will tell youngsters about how her early passion for outdoor activities has led to her overcoming her condition and completing extraordinary challenges.
The handcyclist was paralysed from the chest down after falling from a a cliff but the 21-year-old was determined not to let her condition get the better of her and within four years of her accident trekked over the Himalayas on a 1200-mile trip.
Karen will be competing at the games on September 5 and will speak at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Annual Members Meeting lon September 26.