Mark Hamblett says to say it was a letdown to break his leg just before the finish line after nearly completing the full marathon in last year’s GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, is an understatement.
However, after surgery and a year of intense physical therapy and athletic training –coupled with an incredible attitude – the decorated Special Olympics athlete will return to the event exactly one year later and run the 8K.
Hamblett’s floor hockey coach Kyle Eriksen says this incredible comeback is a testament to his athlete’s character and determination:
“He’s always driven to compete and win and this 8K will only be a stepping stone to the day when he returns to complete the full marathon. While out with his broken leg, he came out to support his hockey teammates frequently, and I could see how badly he wanted to drop his crutches and pick up a hockey stick”
Hamblett’s hard work on his rehabilitation has not only paid off in his ability to return to running – he was recently named to Team BC for softball for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games. He has also competed in speed skating, track and field and soccer for Special Olympics BC – Victoria, winning many medals. Hamblett says he is looking forward to crossing the finish line Sunday.
“It will be awesome. I’m glad to be back!”
Hamblett will be joined by fellow athletes and volunteers as part of their Special Olympics Champions team in the CHEK Charity Pledge Program, raising money for Special Olympics BC Victoria, which provides sport programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities.