A legless skateboarder and athlete shows us that handicaps shouldn’t stop us from living our dreams.
22-year-old Kanya Sesser was born without legs. Most people might think that this would make life difficult for her, but in Kanya’s case, this isn’t so. Sure, she might do things differently but her handicap never stopped her from pursuing the things she loves.
Born in Thailand and abandoned near a monastery by her parents not long after, Kanya was raised by the monks who gladly took in the little orphan. Her picture was placed in an international adoption magazine where she won the hearts of Dave and Jane Sesser, a couple from Oregon, USA.
The couple flew all the way to Thailand to see her and finally decided to adopt the 7-year-old Kanya. The couple raised her the best that they could, giving Kanya the opportunities that any child deserves. Thriving in this new environment, Kanya was free to pursue anything she wanted.
She quickly developed the love for competitive sports like wheelchair basketball and even took up surfing and skating when she was 9, a sport where she excelled in. She loves skateboarding so much that she’d rather travel by skateboard than by wheelchair.
It seems like Kanya excels in everything she does, finishing third for the qualifiers in the 100 and 200 meter race, narrowly missing the chance to represent the United States. But that didn’t stop her from trying again, this time training hard for the 2018 winter Paralympics where she’s set to compete in the Monoski event.