Jon Sedor, a 25-year-old who became one of the world’s top-ranked adaptive rock climbers after a traumatic accident in 2007 resulted in the amputation of his left hand, will be representing Paradox Sports next month in the 2014 ABS Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Paradox Sports first met the enthusiastic and passionate Sedor when he placed second in his division at the largest paraclimbing competition in U.S. history during the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colo. Shortly after, Sedor went on to win the gold in the upper extremities division of the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s Paraclimbing Cup in London.
“It’s always fun to win or place well, but what I’m really interested in is helping adaptive climbing gain awareness. I like to encourage others and let them know if I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Sedor.
In order to compete in ABS Nationals, Sedor has been fundraising in his home state of New York and even used his frequent flier miles to cover his plane ticket, the costliest part of the trip. His goal is to raise the remaining $1,500 by Feb. 1.
Sedor, an Ohio native, has been living in Brooklyn for the past two years to pursue his MFA at the School of Visual Arts. In October, he joined Paradox Sports at Paradox Rocks in New Paltz, N.Y., an annual event designed to empower individuals with physical disabilities through outdoor rock climbing.
In addition to Paradox Sports, Sedor is sponsored by Giddy, an outdoor lifestyle brand and NYC Adaptive Climbing, a Brooklyn-based adaptive climbing club. Three other
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climbers from NYC Adaptive plan to compete with Sedor at ABS Nationals.
“I’ve only been climbing a year and a half as an amputee and it’s just awesome to be surrounded by such an incredible community every time I go to Brooklyn Boulders,” said Sedor.
For more information about Sedor or to support him in the ABS Nationals, please visit his climbing blog at http://www.ampedclimbing.com or “like” his athlete page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ampedjon.
To support the mission and programming of Paradox Sports, become a member at www.paradoxsports.org/donate-now.