Here at FITNESS, we’re all about empowering women to embrace their strength and have a kick butt attitude. And while much of that comes from a healthy lifestyle, our foundation was built with the help of our parents. So in celebration of Father’s Day this weekend, we got some advice from father and gold medal Paralympian Casey Tibbs, who is the first active-military member to compete in a Paralympic Games after losing most of his right leg in a motorcycle accident. He’s now gearing up for the London Olympics this summer, but got the chance to tell us what his father and grandfather taught him, and what he hopes to pass on to his kids.
In the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, what is some advice from your father and grandfather that has helped you in your racing career and life?
Growing up, my grandfather used to always tell me a story of a coyote chasing a jackrabbit. The only thing the coyote could eat to live was the rabbit. So whenever times get tough for me, my grandfather would say, “Never quit chasing the rabbit.” This advice has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my life; it has helped me get through the hardships of my accident and pushed me to become an accomplished Paralympian, naval officer and father.
Now being a father yourself, what are three pieces of advice you want your kids to carry with them?
I always want them to know that no matter what you do in life you should always strive to be the best at it. Second, I want them to always do the right thing, even if it’s hard. Last, I want them to get as much education as they can so they can do what they love.
How do you feel about the upcoming Olympics?
I’m super excited but also a little anxious. This is the biggest Paralympics ever in terms of the most competitive field and most highly publicized, so it’s a huge honor to be a part of it. Right now I’m focused on quality workouts rather than quantity, because there is no point getting injured at this point!
To see Tibbs talk more about “chasing the rabbit” on behalf of Kellogg’s Olympic campaign From Great Starts Come Great Things, check out the video below.