POSI would like to congratulate Brandon Holiday on his success in the 2014 UCO Endeavor games.
Brandon successfully paddled his kayak into three gold medals, an incredible accomplishment for any athlete, but even more incredible given Brandon’s disability. A former police officer, Brandon was injured in the line of duty, exacerbating a Lupus related autoimmune disease that caused severe blood clots. In 2006, Brandon’s left leg was amputated. He was wheelchair bound, wondering if he could ever even walk again, let alone play sports. Now Brandon is well on his way to earning a position in the 2016 US Paralympic team in sprint kayaking.
In August 2014, Brandon competed in the UCO Endeavor Games where he won three gold medals and then went on to participate in the United States Canoe Kayak National Championship becoming the men’s LTA 200m & 500m United States Paracanoe Sprint Kayak Champion and the Master’s Able Bodied 500m Champion. He does this with the use of a prosthetic leg designed and created specifically for kayaking.
During Brandon’s recent visit to POSI along with his service dog Dyson, Brandon’s prosthesis got a tune up. “When I first lost my leg, I went to a prosthetic company but after 12 attempts to get the socket to fit my leg, with two weeks between each fitting, and being wheelchair bound during that time, I gave up and came to POSI. It was here that I got the quality of care that I needed to get my mobility back.”
Brandon is now the Program Director for the Northeast Chapter of Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), a United States Canoe Kayak Club and non-profit organization that promotes a better quality of life for veterans and people with physical disabilities. Through ADN, Brandon mentors other disabled athletes and helps to train them in rowing, paracanoeing and adaptive sports programs. “None of this would have been possible without the attention to detail and quality of care provided to me by the team at POSI,” says Brandon.
Check out his interview on ABC 6 Action News.