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Paraplegic Athlete To Appear In Upcoming Presque Isle Documentary

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PRESQUE ISLE- There's ability in Bryan McCormick's disability.

Back in 2001, as a senior in high school, Bryan was in a horrific ski accident. He’s been in a wheelchair ever since.

Does it discourage him from enjoying his love for the outdoors? Not at all.

"Adaptive sports were really instrumental for me after my injury--- to get back into all my daily activities and to get back to loving life again," Bryan says.

Life hasn't changed very much for Bryan. Originally from Pittsburgh, he likes to bike, he likes to spend time with friends. He’s a seemingly perfect subject for a role in an upcoming documentary called "The Making of the Presque Isle Water Trail.”

The documentary takes the audience through the back bays, lagoons, and open waters of Lake Erie.

Bryan plays the role of himself-- a paraplegic athlete who takes on the waters of Lake Erie. He joined the Dynamic Paddlers, a Pittsburgh-based group, to film a scene for the documentary.

The group specializes in helping people with disabilities learn how to Kayak. It took Bryan no time to get the swing of things.

So the million dollar question is, was the mission successful?

"When I'm in my chair, I'm pretty much stuck to whatever is paved or whatever is leveled and I can only go to so many places but when I get out of it, I can hop in the boat, and I can go to all of these different places that I wouldn't be able to go in the chair so it’s fantastic," Bryan adds.

The documentary is set to premiere at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on June 27th at 6:30p.m.

You can learn more about Dynamic Paddlers at www.dynamicpaddlers.com or connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/dyanamicpaddlers. You can also learn more about Paddle Without Pollution, the organization behind the documentary, at www.paddlewithoutpollution.com





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