Athlete Proves Life Will Not Wait
Gwen van Rosmalen lives her mantra, life won’t wait, each and every day. Four years ago van Rosmalen was an ambitious distance runner with three half marathons on her resume. Then the unthinkable happened. In July, 2009, the twenty-eight year old suffered a stroke. Hours of grueling physical therapy ensued. Months later, in October 2010, as she was riding to the hospital in her hometown of Venlo in the Netherlands, an unspeakable tragedy occurred. Van Rosmalen was hit by a truck. Her injuries left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Filled with determination, van Rosmalen began a new degree of recovery and refocused both her competitive and creative endeavors. “I have to move on with my life,” she said. “I set new goals.”
Gwen van Rosmalen volunteered to work with children and, unable to walk, she became a competitive hand-biker.
Once confident in her competitive abilities she sought “a new challenge in life,” and entered a race in France. The event included a grueling mountain club used in the Tour de France. “The greatest thing was I crossed the finish line, rolling instead of walking but it was a great feeling,” she said. “I did it all by myself.”
For 2013 van Rosmalen is training for Hand Bike Battle an event to be held in Austria. As the accompanying video shows, Gwen van Rosmalen’s training includes the use of Keiser. She has also modeled for Keiser’s Dutch distributor, The Sports Company.
Gwen van Rosmalen offers remarkable inspiration and proves each day that indeed, life won’t wait!