Amputee Leaves to Compete in Paracanoe at Sprint World Championships in Russia
Lynchburg, VA- Jamey Parks, a 36 year old, above-the-knee amputee of Forest, Va., will fly to Russia Friday to compete in the International Canoe Federation's Sprint World Championships in Moscow. The competition takes place August 6th-10th. Thursday, Parks had a final fitting on his prosthetic leg with his team at Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics in Lynchburg. President Doug Call, made the final adjustments on Parks' leg, which is fitted with two microprocessors that help him walk, move and negotiate everyday moves to squeezing in his outrigger canoe. Parks lost his leg from the hip down in what is called a "hip disarticulation," in a car accident in 1999. He's competed at an international level in 2006 then took a break in 2008 to raise a family but got back to training this year, because he said, "he's not getting any younger." Parks competes in the 200 meter event for the USA Paracanoe National Team and his ultimate goal is to make the 2016 U.S. Para-Olympic team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "I just want to show my kids that when you put your mind to it, hard work, effort some sweat, you can make the outcome be victorious," he told ABC 13.