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Paralympic Skier Teaches Darien Kids of Adversity

DARIEN, Conn. – World champion skier Chris Waddell spoke to Middlesex Middle School sixth-graders about the labels that people place on themselves and others and how those labels can limit success and happiness.

Waddell recently told the students how he became paralyzed from the waist down after a skiing accident when he was a freshman in college. Determined not to let this tragedy limit his future, he went on to win several medals in the Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, as well as climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He said that if it were not for his accident, he probably would never have achieved such feats.

"It's not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens to you," he said.

The presentation was part of the NameTags program, the education program of " One Revolution ," a documentary on Waddell's Kilimanjaro climb.

Email reporter Casey Donahue at cdonahue@thedailydarien.com .

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