Andie's All-Stars: Steve O'Brien crossed Canada to encourage kids to 'keep moving'
Former national team sprinter wants to inspire others like Terry Fox inspired him
In 2015, Steve O'Brien crossed Canada on foot, bike, in-line skates, scooter, long board, pogo stick, cross-country ski, and snowshoe.
He also logged many kilometres on and adapted bike and a wheelchair for the mobility impaired.
In all, he covered 13,225 kilometres in eight months, starting in Victoria, B.C. and ending in St. John's, N.L.
His goal? To encourage kids to persevere in the pursuit of their dreams and to raise funds to help schools make those dreams come true.
O'Brien, a former sprinter for the Canadian national team, dedicates his life to inspire others to "keep moving," and not give up when faced with setbacks, which he learned from his own idol, Terry Fox.
He walks the walk: during his journey, he suffered broken ribs when he crashed his scooter, members of his support team dropped out, and for over a month he had to retrace his steps because his driver lost his licence and he was forced to backtrack to get his own support vehicle.
But he arrived victoriously at the Terry Fox Monument in St. John's, N.L., on Dec. 8, mile zero of his idol's own run.
Steve O'Brien is my first Andie's All Star of 2016! Send me your ideas of someone making a difference thru sport! <a href="https://t.co/5wF44CVGIp">pic.twitter.com/5wF44CVGIp</a>—@AndieCBC
O'Brien be on the move again in April, but with a far more modest goal.
At the nationwide relay fundraiser, kids will be encouraged to run, walk, skip, hop, cartwheel, worm or even piggyback a 100-metre stretch.
Each group can choose how they want to conduct their relay, as long as it's safe.
Ninety per cent of the donations will go back towards school or youth programs, and the rest stays with the Steve O'Brien Foundation.