Paralympian commended at city hall

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Prince Albert’s latest Terry Fox Award recipient Brittany Hudak, 20, shares a laugh with city councillors after receiving the award at Monday’s city council meeting. 

It’s easy to imagine future Terry Fox Award recipients calling Brittany Hudak, 20, a role model and inspiration -- something she aspires to become.

 

Fresh from the last month’s stint in Sochi, Russia, where she participated in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games’ cross-country skiing, Hudak was handed the 2013 Terry Fox Award at city hall on Monday.

“I feel so honoured to be given this award, it truly means a lot to me,” she said after Mayor Greg Dionne handed her the plaque that will soon bear her engraved name.

“Brittany is truly an inspiration to the entire community,” Dionne concluded. “I know that you will continue to touch people’s lives in our community.”

After the awards presentation, Hudak said that Terry Fox’s story helped inspire her to better her life, as well.

“I think having a role model in your life makes a huge difference,” she said.

Where Terry Fox had his right leg amputated, Hudak was born without part of her left arm.

“What I recognize in myself is that I don’t get down on myself because of having a disability – you power through everything and you just constantly push your own limits and better yourself as a person, and that’s what Terry Fox did.”

Hudak’s parents Dave and Rhonda were seen glowing with pride after watching their daughter receive the award, with Dave noting that they “couldn’t be more proud of her.”

I feel so honoured to be given this award, it truly means a lot to me. Brittany Hudak

“I’ve met anyone with as much drive and determination as her and overcome her disability and just, with such a great attitude, and carry on and succeed,” he said.

“Really early she showed that she didn’t want any help with anything and she could do anything anyone else could do.

“By the time she was two, we weren’t worried about her anymore. She was forging her path.”

“She just did it all herself -- a positive attitude,” Rhonda added. “A very positive attitude.”

Hudak currently works with the city at the Art Hauser Centre. She’s also a full-time post-secondary student with a goal of earning a social work degree.

She has a handful of motivational talks scheduled at city schools in hopes of passing on her positive message, she said.

“I hope to be a role model for young kids as well and get them involved in more sports because I see the benefits of it, and it improves quality of life.”

Organizations: Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Sochi, Russia

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