30 April 2015
SOAS, University of London alumnus Joshua Dominick, MA in Chinese Studies in 2005, is using his translation skills to help promote sport for disabled people in China through handcycling.
A long-time China resident, Joshua's interest in the country began with its language and a fascination with the world's oldest surviving pictographic script. After Joshua came to China, his interest extended to the culture and China's amazing ability to adapt and change both as a society and a state. Having lived in China for 14 years, Joshua has enjoyed sharing his own culture and learning more about that of his host country.
Krankin' thru China has enabled Joshua to share what the disabled community has experienced in the US by living an active lifestyle with China's disabled community. He has partnered with disabled athlete Domonic Corradin to launch a movement to increase awareness of disabled sports by handcycling across China, showing people with disabilities that it is possible to live more active, independent and fuller lives.
Domonic, an advocate of adaptive sports, has dedicated his life to encouraging people with disabilities to live more active and healthy lives through adaptive sports, particularly handcycling. In a collaborative effort, the duo formed Krankin' thru China, a non-profit movement which aims to bring the sport of handcycling to China’s nearly 80 million people with disabilities.
“As the name suggests,” said Joshua, “handcycles are hand-powered bicycles for individuals with limited use of their lower extremities, which have become increasingly popular in the United States. In recent years there has also been more effort in China to engage the disabled community and integrate its members more fully into society. We hope to contribute to this by bringing adaptive sports and the philosophy of a healthy physical and mental lifestyle to people in China with disabilities, specifically those with spinal cord injuries.”
The campaigners are currently seeking both handcycles and funding to continue their journey – to find out how you support their handcycling movement read more at http://www.krankinthruchina.com/.