Physical Challenge: Paraplegia
Hometown: Boise, ID
Sports: Mountaineering, Skiing, Mountain Biking
Anna Soens was left paralyzed in December of 2015 after falling 35 feet in a climbing accident. Although she was told she’d never walk again, Anna defied the odds and made history as the first woman with paraplegia to summit Oregon’s Mt. Hood. One year later, she completed a second summit expedition to Mt. Baker that included 8,000 feet of uninterrupted sit-skiing in her descent.
Anna’s trailblazing accomplishments in mountaineering exemplify heart and commitment needed to reach great heights. Anna was this year’s winner of the Trailblazer Award at the 2020 Celebration of Abilities. The Trailblazer Award is presented to a challenged athlete who demonstrated courage, commitment & leadership not just in their personal performance but in opening doors for others.
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