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Footless Soccer Player Wants To Kickstart Paralympics Team
Gabriel Muniz was born without feet but that hasn’t stopped his goal of becoming a world class soccer player. The little dude has won several medals at his school for his play and was even invited to Barcelona to meet his idol Lionel Messi. After watching the report from ITN, I was blown away to learn that currently there aren’t any Paralympic soccer teams for the physically handicapped other than ‘Football 5-a-side’ for the blind and ‘Football 7-a-side’ for those with cerebral palsy.
Though he wears prosthetics during the day to get around, they come off when he competes. Oddly enough this reminds me of the stand up bit by Robin Williams when he was talking about a marathon runner who didn’t wear shoes while racing – a sneaker company ended up endorsing him but he just ended up carrying the kicks instead of wearing ‘em. I’d have to think Nike, Reebok, Adidas or Puma would be all over this kid, but he’d probably just give away the free merch to friends.
After this story and the inspiring jaunt about the South African ‘Blade Runner’, there really should be absolutely no reason why I can’t walk across the street to the gym. Also, this kid needs a nickname… Quick Sticks? Able Gabe? The Arc Angel?
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