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June 01, 2015

Jason Regier: Redefining Champion

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In 1996, Jason Regier was headed back to school to finish his senior year. He was a typical college kid listening to the radio in his car on a long trip from Denver, CO to Oregon State in Corvallis, OR. His life changed forever when he reached down to change the radio station. Jason's jeep rolled three times. He sustained a spinal cord injury. Jason's path lead him to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation. He stayed in Denver after rehab. He finished his undergraduate degree and went on to receive his Masters form the University of Denver. He also took up the sport of quad rugby.

Quad rugby is an intense game played form a wheelchair. Jason soon learned he played extremely well and he and quickly rose through the ranks to the play on a national and international level. Jason has played quad rugby on two World Championship Teams and two Paralympic Teams. In 2008, he won a gold medal, and a bronze in 2012. Today, Jason owns his own consulting business and plays a lot of rugby. He’s hoping to finish his international rugby career at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

Q&A with Jason Regier

What were your biggest concerns after your injury?
Biggest concerns were not knowing what I would physically be able to do or what I could do.

What advice would you give someone who was recently injured?
The injury after a certain point is a bigger mental injury than it is physical. So much of what you can do and achieve is whether you have A positive attitude and whether you push through all the obstacles.

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