Cardston’s Payden Vair named finalist in Faces of Wellbeing contest

“My surgeon who performed my operation actually operated on another young athlete a few years ago and she was part of the session. [volleyball] program, so he kind of put me in touch with her. Then a program called War Amps, which helps young amputees afford prosthetics, also contacted me and put me in touch with another young woman who was another seated volleyball player.

Vair ultimately chose sitting volleyball as the sport of choice and excelled at it.

After securing a berth on Canada’s national team in 2019, she made her official debut at the 2019 Parapan Am Games, winning a bronze medal.

His team went on to win gold in the final of the 2020 ParaVolley World Paralympic Qualifying Tournament, earning them a ticket to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“Participating in the Paralympic Games definitely opened my eyes. It’s never something that I saw coming for myself. I was so grateful that the team selected me for the list and I was able to compete and represent such an amazing country.

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For anyone who is going through a difficult time in their life and is unsure of where things are going in the future, Vair urges them to never give up on their dreams.

“With my accident I thought sport was going to be out of my life for good, but I didn’t want to give up that part of my life and I kept working hard and chasing those dreams and they finally came true. gotta compete and i can still play sports and do whatever i love – i mean it definitely takes hard work and determination but if you keep pushing forward you are going to achieve these things.

Vair is currently enrolled in the education program at the University of Lethbridge, hoping to become an elementary teacher.

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