Transcona teenager Spencer Lambert has been asked to travel to Sochi, Russia, as a parasports ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
At just 13, Spencer, who was born with spina bifida, has made positive impressions on all the organizations he is involved with.
The Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal was so impressed with Spencer’s positive attitude and bravery after a nine-hour surgery last year that he was recommended to the Air Canada Foundation as a candidate for the VIP tour of the 2014 Paralympic Games.
Spencer’s father, Richard, will travel with him to Sochi. They left March 2 on a trip that includes stops in Montreal, Frankfurt, Moscow and finally Sochi on March 6.
In Sochi, Spencer and his dad will stay in the Olympic Park and Spencer will participate in meet-and-greet activities as well as the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics on March 7.
The Lamberts will attend some alpine events and curling as well as the Canada vs. Norway sledge hockey game on March 9. They will also have some free time to take in more of the Paralympic experience and may even go skiing. They will return to Winnipeg on March 12.
Spencer currently plays on the intermediate Manitoba Battling Bisons sledge hockey team and his other sport passions include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. He can also be found at many city rinks timekeeping ringette games.
Spencer hopes to represent Canada as an athlete on the Paralympic sledge hockey team one day and the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities has asked Spencer to be an ambassador for their organization the next two years.
So it looks like Spencer’s path to the future appears to be paved with endless possibilities.
His family would like to express their appreciation to everyone who was and still is involved in making this trip possible for Spencer. He is very excited about the trip and couldn’t be happier.
Louise Hedman is a community correspondent for Transcona.