Rowan's Nomination Needs Your Support
Rowan Garel became a household name when he was just a kid, climbing the Victoria Peak as a blind 12 year old. And that was just a start for the consistently impressive young man. And now he has a chance to be the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. He has been nominated for that prestigious title and we spoke to him today via phone in New Jersey where he is attending university about this honour:..
Sahar Vasquez reporting
In his short lifetime, he has accomplished more than most. He climbed Victoria's Peak, walked across Belize, dove the Blue hole and those are just a few of his many accomplishments. But what makes these accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he did these things without the ability to see.
He is a champion advocate for the visually impaired and an inspiration to all. His hard work has been noticed by many not just in Belize but throughout the world.
Rowan is now nominated to be the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador and for him winning the award is not as big as the great honour he feels to be nominated,
Rowan Garel, Carribean Adventure Ambassador Nominee
"It is always an honour being recognized for things because you know I may have done all these things and gotten other awards but it is still an honour knowing that I appreciate what I have done and still want to acknowledge it."
"I mean at the end of the day the chips will fall where they may and I can't really do anything about it either way, but you know it is still really a very incredible feeling that I was at least nominated and we will see what happens."
Rowan has never let his visual impairment stop him from doing anything. He goes to school, plays video games, and does regular everyday tasks.
He admits that it is not always easy but in challenging times he turns to a quote that has always motivated him.
"My motivation is you know the saying practice what you preach. That is really my motivation you know. I am here to prove that blind people and disabled people on a whole can be normal. We can do everything that anyone else does so that is what I need to do and I can just live a normal life. GO to school, take classes, and do everything."
Garel has made it to the top five in the list of nominees and if you would like to vote for him you can find a link to the site at 7Newsbelize.com. The polls close on Sunday.