Wings for Life World Run Dutch winner will run in Georgia
01 April, 2015
Wings for Life World Run Dutch winner will run in Georgia
Linda van, Vliet winner of the Wings for Life World Run Netherlands-2014, will run in Georgia On May 3, 2015.
Last year Linda ran for her friend, a former drug dealer, who was wounded in a gang shooting. After the incident Linda’s friend was paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair. The incident changed his life and now, along with million of other people, he’s waiting for the opportunity to recover from spinal cord injury.


- Why did you choose
Georgia as your running location this year?


- I have heard beautiful stories about Georgia, especially about its nature. I love nature and running in these surroundings is a gift.

- You were running for a former drug dealer who was paralyzed in a shooting and is now on the right path. How is he doing? Has there been any progress with his condition?

- Sidney is doing very well; he is working hard and being training by the head-coach of the Dutch National Team Handcycling. He has the right spirit andgeotv.ge mindset to get far in this sport, hopefully to qualify for the Paralympic Games in the future. I am proud of him and what he has managed to this date!

- When you were standing at the starting line, did you think that you would be the winner in the Netherlands?

- I didn't even know that it was a race and that there would be a winner! For me it was a run to fund the Spinal Cord Foundation. I entered the run for Sidney and Funda Muijde (the Turkish woman who handcycled from Amsterdam to Istanbul last year) and to bring attention to SCI.
Just at the moment some motorcyclists from TV came around I understood it was a race.

- What’s your goal for this year?

- Concerning the Wings For Life run: enjoy the scenery during the run with my good friend who will enter the run with me!

- What are your strongest emotions concerning Wings for Life World Run?

- I hope the Wings for Life Run will continue be an event for the coming years, in which able and disabled people worldwide can enter the Run side by side. It is a beautiful and special run, and the idea of doing it worldwide simultaneously is a great concept!
This run is important, not only for raising money for SCI and research, but for global awareness and attention to spinal cord injury.

- What would you say to those who haven’t yet decided whether to take part in this run or not?

- This event is not only about running, it is also about a goal: the goal of running for people who aren't able to. Besides that, it is a personal goal, to get the most out of yourself. The concept in which a catcher car will pick you up makes you motivated to get as far as possible. It will break your own limits, so do it! Experience it!

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