Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability Kicks Off New Program at the Queen’s Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle
Sunday evening, May 5th, the Global Health and Disability students gathered in the BISC Ballroom for their Opening Key Note Address given by Madeline O’Shaunghnessy-Hunter (BSCH KIN 2010) and Steve Brown, members of Team GB Paralympics London 2012. Maddy, a Queen’s Kinesiology and Health Studies alumna shared her story about how she went from Queen’s graduate to Team GB Senior Operations Officer. She impressed upon the audience how she took her skills and dreams and made them a reality. She reminded us that the “Superhuman” Paralympic athletes are role models and mentors for all of us and the value they bring to our communities in raising awareness and changing attitudes globally for persons with disability is critical.
Steve, Captain of the Team GB Wheelchair Rugby Team, then shared his story as an academically unmotivated young man to a university graduate to the Captain of the 2012 Wheelchair Rugby Team. His humour, openness, sensitivity and unique life-experience woven through stories of enormous highs and lows left us with a powerful message about embracing “what you have” and using it to better yourself, others and our communities. Steve continued his discussion in the Headless Drummer and left us with a rare opportunity to meet and get to know a true Olympian.
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Madeline O'Shaunghnessy-Hunter and Steve Brown, members of Team GB Paralympics London 2012