Project HERO Athlete Update
April Wolfe, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Director of the Project HERO program provides this athlete update…
Last week, Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab sponsored Project HERO athletes had the honor of riding with disabled veteran and US Paralympic Cyclist Steven Peace. Steven was a healthy, U.S. Navy Officer and a bicyclist, riding 200 miles a week. However, on October 16, 2006, one month before his fourth deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan in five years, a massive stroke hit his brain and body leaving him unable to speak, use his arm, or walk independently. With his determination and tenacity, Steven launched a second career in triathlons and cycling.
Over two years, Steven has raced in 12 triathlons, culminating in the Oceanside 70.3 Half-Ironman, twice. In cycling Steven has participated in Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Rides (12), Ride 2 Recovery Challenges (2), Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Million Dollar Challenge (620 miles in 7 days), won the Para-Cycling US Nationals, and competed in World Cups and World Championships around the world. The highlight of his career was the 2012 Paralympic Games where he placed 5th and 7th. Thank you to all of those that came to hear Steven speak and did not blow away on the ride!