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World In wheelchair, paraplegic Lai Chi-wai climbs up skyscraper in Hong Kong

10:06  17 january  2021
10:06  17 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lai Chi - wai became the first in Hong Kong to climb more than 250 metres of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair as he The event raised HK .2 million (0,639) in donations. Lai , prior to 2011, was crowned Asia champion four times for rock climbing and at one

Lai Chi - wai climbed a mountain with his wheelchair Lai Chi - wai is a professional Chinese rock On the same day, five years later, he climbed Hong Kong ’s iconic Lion Rock once again, this time in a And on December 9th, 2016, Lai Chi - wai fulfilled his promise and became the first paraplegic to

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lai Chi-wai became the first in Hong Kong to climb more than 250 meters of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair as he pulled himself up for more than 10 hours on Saturday to raise money for spinal cord patients.

Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attends a training session ahead of his attempt to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using his upper body strength, in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attends a training session ahead of his attempt to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using his upper body strength, in Hong Kong

The 37-year-old climber, whose car accident 10 years ago left him paralyzed from waist down, could not make it to the top of the 300 metre-tall Nina Tower on the Kowloon peninsula.

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Lai Chi - wai , 33, lost the use of his lower body following the accident in 2011, but before that he was the four-time winner of the Asian Rock Climbing Championships. Despite having his athletic career cut short, Lai , a native of Hong Kong , never gave up and continued to keep fit in his wheelchair

Wheelchair -bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain. HONG KONG (Reuters) - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi - wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York's

"I was quite scared," Lai said. "Climbing up a mountain, I can hold onto rocks or little holes, but with glass, all I can really rely on is the rope that I'm hanging off."

The event raised HK$5.2 million ($670,639) in donations.

Lai, prior to 2011, was crowned Asia champion four times for rock climbing and at one point ranked eighth globally.

After his accident, he resumed climbing by attaching his wheelchair to a pulley system. Five years ago he ascended the 495-metre high Lion Rock mountain, a local folk culture symbol of Hong Kong's strength and grit.

"Apart from just living, I wondered what drives me? So I began to chase that, knowing that there was a possibility I could climb mountains, even in a wheelchair," Lai said.

a man riding a bicycle on a city street: Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attends a training session, ahead of his climb on the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attends a training session, ahead of his climb on the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong

"In a way, I forgot that I was a disabled person, I could still dream and I could still do what I liked doing."

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Lai Chi - wai and his son Gordon at a climbing gym in San Po Kong in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong . Former top rock climber wins HK million payout over traffic accident that left him paraplegic . Lai Chi - wai was on his motorcycle on a December night in 2011 when he and two drivers crashed in the

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Although he did not make it to the top of the skyscraper, due to safety concerns, Lai hoped to send a message.

"Some people don't understand the difficulties of disabled people, some people think that we are always weak, we need help, we need assistance, we need people's pity," Lai said.

a man riding a horse jumping over a snow covered mountain: Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength, in Hong Kong

"But, I want to tell everyone, it doesn't have to be like that. If a disabled person can shine, they can at the same time bring about opportunity, hope, bring about light, they don't have to be viewed as weak."

a view of a city: Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Lai Chi-wai, a paraplegic climber, attempts to climb the 320-metre tall Nina Tower using only his upper body strength in Hong Kong

($1 = 7.7538 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Pak Yiu and Yoyo Chow; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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