The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and international partner Allianz have launched Chasing Greatness, a video series aimed at inspiring the next generation of Para athletes.
The first of ten episodes was released December 5, 2019, across the IPC and Allianz digital channels, telling the story of 20-year-old Ryan Straschnitzki’s recovery from a tragic bus accident in April 2018. The bus was carrying members of his Canadian junior ice hockey team—the Humboldt Broncos—and 16 people were killed and 13 others were seriously injured. Straschnitzki was one of the survivors, and the five-minute film shows his fight and will to get back to the sport he loves.
The film also focuses on how Para ice hockey Paralympic champion Kevin Rempel and his former teammate-turned-coach, Chris Cederstrand, an above-knee amputee, encourage and support Straschnitzki.
The role of Paralympic mentors will be a common theme across the series. Allianz and its affiliated National Paralympic Committees (NPC) partnered to pair aspiring Paralympic hopefuls with local Paralympic heroes who act as mentors.
Some episodes will extend beyond one athlete to focus on powerful storylines that showcase how technology and sport are transforming lives of people with disabilities across the world.
The videos are being released biweekly and can be watched at https://bit.ly/379vbjm.
IMAGE: Courtesy of YouTube, IPC, and Allianz.