January 16, 2013 - 1:45 PM
Going out with a bang is how a local professional triathlete describes her near-fatal car crash at the end of 2010—one that caused so much damage doctors were forced to induce a coma while they performed numerous surgeries to reassemble her broken body. It wasn't known if she'd walk let alone compete again, but she found the strength to create a miracle.
Movies are made about people like her.
Premiering at Landmark Cinemas 7 Penticton is A Second Chance: The Janelle Morrison Story. The documentary is locally produced by Kelly Brothers Productions and follows the Penticton-based professional long distance triathlete as she battles her way back to athletic form, from wheelchair to podium. The video has been available since August 2012 but the movie premiere takes place 7 p.m. Jan. 24.
The biography of Morrison shows a woman with intellectual as well as athletic achievements. She's exercised her mind earning a B.A. in Psychology and B.Ed. in elementary education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She notes her athletic aspirations didn't take hold until later in life than one might expect. She began in her senior high school years, joining a local bike club in her home town of Fort St. John.
After University she left racing behind to spend time traveling Southeast Asia. While globetrotting, she explored rock climbing and began running for pleasure. She taught english overseas. He goal was to experience life and figure out what she wanted from it. Through all of it, her love of racing haunted her as something she left unfinished.
It was while teaching in Taiwan Morrison decided to enter the 2005 Taipei Marathon, but a poor finish involving exhaustion and dehydration was discouraging and it took a year for her to choose to run again; this time in the Edmonton ING Marathon. She won and began her adventure.
Morrison competed in Iron Man Canada in 2008 and turned professional in 2009. She's taken home numerous top three trophies but wasn't satisfied with her results. She wanted more. And after moving to Penticton in 2010, she experienced disappointment in competition with injuries and an eighth place finish at Iron Man Canada. The car crash in November, 2010 was the beginning of a year of renewal, she writes. It made her unattained dreams vital and that is what fuelled her recovery and subsequent determination to compete again.
Video Credit: YouTube - Kelly Brothers Productions
A Second Chance: The Janelle Morrison Story
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