U.S. Rio Paralympian paid a visit to Maplewood Elementary School
MARION COUNTY --- A U.S. Paralympian paid a visit to Maplewood Elementary School Wednesday morning.
The Paralympian talked with students about his accomplishments at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games along with the challenges he faces every day.
Shannon Wynn said, "I think that a lot of the kids and staff left here today with inspiration over anything."
Regas Woods, a Dunnellon native placed sixth at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the long jump and the 100 and 200 meter races.
Woods told that story of him having to face adversity to the students at Maplewood Elementary School.
Regas Woods said, “It means everything to me to come out and inspire these kids today. I can remember how it was being a kid. It’s just a wonderful feeling to be able to come back and share with them how I became successful."
Woods was born with a congenital anomaly which caused his legs to not develop properly.
So at the age of two, he underwent surgery to have them both removed.
Julie Craig and other teachers say after hearing Regas's life long story about perseverance, they were almost brought to tears.
Julie Craig said, “You can just see it in their emotions when he talked about his blades breaking and the sympathy that they expressed. And then when he talked about himself winning they applauded and said we’re proud of you Regan."
Tim Hunt said, “It's awesome, it will build the kids confidence in knowing that they saw someone that went through obstacles in his life and made himself better because of it."
Regas is now training for the 2017 world championship in London with aspirations of winning a gold medal.
And both teachers and students at Maplewood were left with a message that they will always remember.
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