As an 8 year old kid, I dreamed of being in the Paralympics and winning a gold medal. By the time I was 14 years old, I was playing on the USA Men's National Development Team. At 16 years old, I was selected to the USA Men's National Sled Hockey Team. And, at 20 years old, I made the 2014 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and brought home Gold. I had realized that dream.
I have always seen my disability as something to embrace; each challenge as a possibility to push beyond perceived limitations.
Looking back on my sled hockey career, I realized that my most treasured memories are when I was working out, or skating and pushing myself as hard as I could to achieve a goal, a win, a medal. I can say with the utmost confidence that I am a stronger, more confident person both physically and mentally due to having set goals for myself to get stronger in everything I do.
My goal is now to inspire individuals with and without disabilities to set goals and realize their own dreams and push beyond what they think they are capable of.
- Dan McCoy
Here are a few photos from a recent workout at Vygor Fitness Center in Glenshaw PA (www.vygorfitness.com). Owner Paul Stugart has been so important to me in my journey to becoming a personal trainer. I was 14 years old when I started training. Paul was my first trainer and continues to support me today. Follow Vygor on Instagram @vygorfitness.
A shout out to photographer Alex Corrie (www.alexcorrie.com) who joined me at Vygor to take these photos. Follow Alex on Instagram at @AlexanderPCorrie.