A Teenager Defined

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Active in sports, Steve has more than homework on his mind.
What's the definition of a teenager? It's Steve. He is in Grade 11 where he goes to class and plays sports - lots of sports. After school, you'll probably find this sports fanatic at Variety Village participating in - you guessed it - more sports.

"I've been interested in sports all of my life," he says. Steve has spina bifida, and it affects him from his knees down. But his disability is not a big problem. "I can walk pretty well," he says.

In elementary school, Steve couldn't play baseball, but he knew all of the rules of the game. So he became a coach. When he got to high school, he became interested in track and field. His favourite events are shot put and discus. He also plays wheelchair basketball at Variety Village.

Steve has won two gold medals in Ontario Games for the Disabled. He threw a one-kilogram discus a whopping 25.6 metres and a four ­kilogram shot put 6.4 metres. He's planning to continue competing
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Steve has been involved with SB&H for a number of years. He was part of the Teen Group, and the Adult Peer Support group. "We sit around and talk about everything that happened during the week," he laughs.

Steve is a dedicated athlete with a great throwing arm. So, some advice: if you see Steve coming, duck!