My wife and I are very proud parents of 2 daughters, ages 7 and 9, and try to be very conscious of what our girls are exposed to. Of course we cannot control everything but moreover want to build strong foundational values, morals and beliefs for our girls. We try to teach them respect, manners, determination, sharing and caring much like all parents. Our best hope is that we have built a solid relationship with our children so that when they are faced with adversity or hardship, they can lean on their family have the drive to help them persevere.
A few years ago we came across a movie called Soul Surfer based on a true story. Bethany Hamilton was 13 years old when a tiger shark took her left arm while surfing. You can imagine what this poor teenager went through having lost her arm and doctors telling her she will never surf again. Her story is of perseverance and is proof of the value of strong upbringing and the benefit of a solid family to lean on.
Both of my girls absolutely loved the movie, they were saddened by Bethany's accident, felt her pain of hardship, have been inspired by her determination and later elated by her success. Above all else I highly recommend this as an inspirational movie to watch as a family. Bethany has gone on to surf competitively, has travelled the world as a motivational speaker, and now has a family of her own. She is now coming to Calgary on October 6th and will be hosting "An Evening with Bethany Hamilton". I am proud to have sponsored this event as it gives my daughter's a chance to listen to someone they have been inspired by. I hope to see you there, tickets are available via Ticketmaster and more information can be found at www.soulsurferyyc.com.
Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. At the age of thirteen, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within 2 years had won her first National title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then her story has been told in a New York Times best-selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, SOUL SURFER. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging a broken world by offering hope. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book BODY AND SOUL in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, SURFS LIKE A GIRL, a surf film which will showcase her as one of the best women surfers in the world, is set to release in Spring 2017. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer, and motivational speaker.