Crowfoot Member of the Month

Crowfoot’s November member of the month is Kim Wedgerfield.  I was very inspired by her commitment to exercise no matter what circumstances she faced.  She is here working out rain or shine, pain or no pain.  Here is her story:

I was a CEO, Ministry of Health Addictions and starting my MBA when I was hit by a drunk driver in 1989. I ended up with various physical and brain injuries which changed the course of my life.

As an AWAD (Athlete With A Disability) now called Paratriathlete, I competed in numerous Sprint and Olympic distance events since 1997 and have stood on the podium many times.

Diagnosed with Huntington’s in 2002, hit by a car while riding my bicycle in 2004, I kept going and competed at World Master’s Games in 2005 winning gold.

In 2006, I qualified to compete in the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne and won gold for Canada at that race on my 48th birthday.
 In May 2007, a horrific crash left me in a wheelchair in hospital for 3 months. Six weeks after being was released, I raced in Edmonton and qualified for both Hamburg, Germany and Vancouver, Canada ITU Triathlon World Championships. I won a silver in Hamburg and a gold in Vancouver. I’ve continued competing at World Championship races taking a silver in Budapest, Hungary and finishing her World Championship racing with a bronze in Beijing, China in September 2011.

While I’ve retired from competing on the World stage, I still competed in Edmonton at a Paratriathlon World Cup taking the silver.  I continue to compete to bring awareness to Paratriathon and to Huntington’s and completed my goal of competing in 12 races in 2012.

Having a brain injury, spinal cord injury and Huntington’s, I’ve found that exercise has been beneficial for both my body and spirit. I need to do 2 to 4 hours of exercise everyday. I’ve been coming to the Crowfoot YMCA for several years and have made numerous friends. I love the bike classes, the people in the swimming lanes, the warm smiles and encouragement from the staff, patrons and volunteers when I’m up on the weight floor or running the track.

I have 2 awesome grown children and a great man in my life. I want to be around for as long as I can and so am so very grateful to the Crowfoot YMCA that I can continue to exercise and train to be the best that I can.