By Eva J. Clark
David Prince is one of the most motivating athletes you will ever talk to.
Overcoming the life-changing, earth shattering loss of his leg at a young age, he has since become a medal-winning Paralympic athlete and adaptive athlete fundraiser.
Yet when asked why he does what he does it all comes back to the kids.
He is pushed by an urge to inspire children to reach for and attain their dreams.
By using his social media platforms, he showcases his adventures and a behind the scenes look into what it takes to be an exceptional adaptive athlete.
As well as showcasing other athletes: professional, up-and-coming, and children, in the adaptive sports world.
We sat down with him (via email as he is a busy man) to get a view into the thrilling and endlessly interesting life he has created:
Is there anything you’ve been surprised that your body can do, or maybe even do better since you became paraplegic?
Actually, that’s the first misconception when I mention that I am a Paralympian.
I am considered a unilateral below the knee amputee. It’s a common misconception.
The Paralympics simply refers to being parallel to the Olympics.
As far as if there is anything I am surprised I can do, I never thought I would become a professional athlete. I never dreamt of running 400m in under 50 seconds.
I never imagined I would break three world records. I never fathomed that I would travel the world and win medals on the international stage.
After my accident, I refused to be told I couldn’t do something. That drive set me up for reaching levels I never thought I could ever achieve. I simply refused to believe anyone who said I couldn’t.
Do you mind strangers asking about your leg or do you feel it’s a topic you would rather choose whether or not to share?
For many people, it is hit or miss on if they like talking about their amputation. I, for one, view it like this… no matter where I go, I am the most famous person in the room simply because I am missing a leg and walking on this piece of carbon fiber.
I have come to embrace the questions and the attention. I know I will get attention whether I want it or not so I have learned to want it.
Especially questions from little kids, they always ask me the best, most honest questions that no adult would even dream of asking. I love those questions and welcome them. If anything, those questions tend to make my day a little more fulfilling.
I think you start to really understand just how amazing the human body is when you learn how an athlete with various disabilities must adapt to make up for what able bodied athletes take for granted.
For me, I am always fighting the constant asymmetry of my body as a unilateral amputee.
This means I have to understand why and how my muscles work a certain way beyond what most able bodied athletes, even top tier athletes, understand.
So I welcome the questions because it opens up the eyes of the average person on just how amazing the human body really is.
Would you mind sharing with our readers the story behind how you lost your leg?
My story is definitely a crazy one and by grace I am still here to tell it.
Long story short, I was a teenager who had gotten himself into the drug culture