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Embassy News 2014

U.S. Paralympian Encourages Youth from Aspindza, Akhaltsikhe, and Akhalkalaki to be Advocates for Persons with Disabilities (February 21)

US Paralympian Candace Cable meets with youth in Aspindza, including one young woman who got to try on one of Candace’s gold medals from the Paralympic Games. Candace won a total of 14 Paralympic medals during her 27-year sporting career.Photo: State Dept

US Paralympian Candace Cable meets with youth in Aspindza, including one young woman who got to try on one of Candace’s gold medals from the Paralympic Games. Candace won a total of 14 Paralympic medals during her 27-year sporting career.Photo: State Dept

U.S. Paralympian Candace Cable met with youth in southern Georgia on Friday, February 21st, as she continued her U.S. Embassy-sponsored speaking tour.  In Aspindza, Candace met with local school children, rugby players, and youth that had journeyed from Akhalkalaki to hear her remarks.  In Akhaltsikhe, at the USAID-funded Center for Civic Engagement, Candace met with youth and representatives from local NGOs that support persons with disabilities.  At both venues, Candace told them her story of struggling with isolation after an accident that left her paralyzed when she was 21 years old.  Through sport, Candace not only found friends but also a powerful way to advocate for persons with disabilities.  Candace Cable’s weeklong visit to Georgia was made possible through the U.S. Embassy’s Speakers Program.