I had the privilege of attending a lecture with David Willsie of the Canadian Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team, and he said a lot of interesting things about adversity in life and sports. He was injured playing hockey when he collided head-first into the boards and broke his neck at age 27, rendering him a quadriplegic. Hearing his story, a couple of members of the local wheelchair rugby team recruited him to try out, and he fell in love with the sport.
Working his way up to the national Canadian team, he was won a gold medal at the 2002 World Championships, silver at the 2004 and 2012 Paralympic Games, and bronze at the 2006 and 2008 Games. He said that some days it’s hard to motivate himself to work out, and there is the added challenge of having a disability that makes it harder to get around, but his team’s motto has become his own: no excuses, no regrets. He never wants to be able to look back at the four years leading up to an important game in the Olympics or after winning silver instead of gold, and wonder if he could have done anything differently. At the same time, David says that it’s not about the score – you can play a bad game and win or play a great game and lose. The important thing is to make no excuses, and have no regrets.
Game Plan: No excuses, no regrets.