Wes has dedicated his life to empowering youth and adults through the power of sport…a power that has helped shape every aspect of who he is.
At the age of 15 Wes had his leg amputated at the hip due to cancer. Wes credits being pushed through sports and outdoor recreation to problem solve and not make excuses to forging his life-long attitude of “HOW am I going to do it vs. CAN I do it”.
Wes began his career working with the Taylor YMCA with over 25 years of leadership and coaching culminating in being the Director of Aquatics and Operational Support.
Wes’ involvement with Bridge II Sports began as a volunteer and competitor with the ParaKayak Club in 2013. He is an avid paddler and expert instructor in adapted paddling and water safety.
In December of 2017 Wes joined the staff of Bridge II Sports as the Director of Programs. Since that time he has taken the reins of the department and built successful adapted sports programs across the board engaging more and more athletes, volunteers and organizations in the community.
If you have ever met Wes, you know that his true passion is coaching. Whether he is teaching kayaking on the water, working to figure out the best angle for a boccia ramp, or cycling next to a new athlete at their own pace Wes is always completely focused on the person he is with and ensuring that they have the all they need to be successful.
He goes out of his way to participate in practices, engage with athletes and their families and share his skills. Through his consistent actions and dedication Wes is truly challenging perceptions of disability in our community.
We are honored to have him here at Bridge II Sports and wish him luck over the next several weeks as the 25 National Winners are announced.