Members of the Nelson Regional Sports Council pose with Many in Motion Tour honoured medal bearer Ed Natyshak.

UPDATED: Nelson’s Natyshak named honourable medal bearer

The Many in Motion tour will pass through Nelson April 19 and of the 30 medal bearers will be Ed Natyshak, Nelson's honourable medal bearer

Ed Natyshak has been named Nelson’s honourable medal bearer for Rick Hansen’s Many in Motion tour this April.

“It is absolutely a great honour to be chosen to bring that medal in and to represent Rick Hansen and his colossal effort for spinal cord rehabilitation and awareness around the world,” said Natyshak.

The Nelson Regional Sports Council unanimously chose Natyshak to represent Nelson as the honourable medal bearer for the event.

Natyshak says after his injury that left him a quadriplegic, the community rallied behind him, and he has since become well known in Nelson.

“I hope it’s just that people recognize that I’ve never quit and I’ve always wanted to try and drive forward and keep on raising the bar from my own standards so that I keep feeling good and keep motivated and express my passion to have a good solid life even though I’m dealing with a pretty catastrophic injury,” he said.

While on a routine cycling trip, Natyshak broke his neck at the C7 vertebrae and had to wait alone in the bush for three hours before crews responded to get him to medical care.

After the accident, Natyshak had to find a way to overcome his injury.

“It’s super challenging every day as soon as you wake up,” he said. “It’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never gives you a break.”

“One of the ways that I overcome that is by just getting past it right away. I start to realize that it’s going to take hard work today — as it does every day — so why dwell on it. I just get to it and that’s how I run,” said Natyshak.

Before his cycling injury, Natyshak worked training local athletes.

“Hopefully it’ll become my job again and I can incorporate what I’ve learned, which is a lot since my injury, and hopefully drive to inspire people to work hard and try to achieve their goals,” he said.

“It’s where my passion lies, it’s where my expertise lies and I think I have a lot to offer now to any athlete that steps in the room with me and wants to take on the challenge of getting stronger.”

As Natyshak’s first time participating in the event, he says he’s going to try to bring out as many people as he can.

“I think we should always be leaders in this, and Rick is keeping us in the forefront.”

 

 

Just Posted

Nelson Reflections win at synchro provincials

Nelson’s synchronized swimming team triumphed at the Jean Peters Provincial Championship

Here we go again: Mamma Mia! set to open at the Capitol Theatre

The ABBA-inspired musical runs Thursday to Sunday

LETTERS: The other side of the Women’s Centre story

From readers Vita Luthmers and Hannah Hadikin

Nelson holds the line on property taxes

No increase this year thanks to deal with RDCK on park funding

West Kootenay opinion sought on health care issues

Rural Evidence Review getting strong response to survey call-out

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Roadside device to weed out THC can’t detect impairment, B.C. lawyer says

‘This fact alone is likely to have serious implications for Canadians’ Charter Rights,’ lawyer Sarah Leamon warns

Most Read