Toronto, ON: Three time Sledge Hockey Paralympian and Torino Gold Medalist Paul Rosen will be presented with the Rick Hansen Award of Excellence at the upcoming September 24 Annual General Meeting of the March of Dimes Canada.
“The Rick Hansen Award of Excellence is presented periodically to rare individuals who have made outstanding contributions, or have accomplished outstanding achievements benefiting the cause of persons with physical disabilities internationally” says Ruth Kapelus, Media and Public Relations Coordinator for March of Dimes Canada. “It is awarded to select individuals, who, like Paul, best personify the spirit of the award. Past recipients include the Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor and singer-songwriter Justin Hines.”
“I am honoured to receive this award,” says Rosen. “Just to have my name in the same sentence as Rick Hansen’s is an honour. To receive the Rick Hansen Award of Excellence from March of Dimes is over the top!”
On the heels of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics, Rosen retired from Team Canada where he sported a record of 55-15-1, a 1.04 goals against average, and 25 shutouts in 72 career games over 9 seasons as goalie for Canada’s National Sledge Hockey team. Adding to his Torino Paralympic Gold Medal, Rosen achieved Gold at the 2007 and 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge and the 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships.
Retirement from Sledge will allow Rosen to focus on his career as a motivational speaker; speaking to corporations, teams and schools. “A lot has happened to me in 50 years,” says Rosen. “I’ve managed to face physical challenges and live a perfectly fulfilling life…in what most would describe as an imperfect situation. It is now my full time mission to share what I’ve learned and do my best to inspire others to achieve their own level of greatness.”
What’s next for Paul?
“As a high school jock I didn’t put much time or effort into getting a good education,” admits Rosen. “I have some literacy challenges that are holding me back in my life. I’ve teamed up with the amazing people at Grade Learning – and I’m ‘going back to school’ to face my literacy challenges head on!”
Following a launch event on September 29 at 4:30 pm at 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 902, Rosen will be chronicling his literacy journey at facebook.com/gradelearning.
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