Kamloops' Jessica Vliegenthart on her latest challenge - having a baby

She's played on the national wheelchair basketball team, earned her stripes as a personal injury lawyer, created an adaptive sports program in Kamloops and now she's had a baby. Daybreak catches up with Jessica Vliegenthart.

She was a national wheelchair basketball player, created an adaptive sports program, now she's a new mom

Jessica Vliegenthart and baby Remy (Shelley Joyce/CBC)

Having a baby is an adventure for most of us.

There's the exhaustion, stress, joy, excitement and it often inspires incredible self doubt.

There's a whole extra set of challenges for a new mom who uses a wheelchair.

Jessica Vliegenthart is a former Canadian women's basketball paralympian.

She suffered a spinal chord injury while fighting fires as a university student - a vehicle she was riding in overturned.

Jess was just 21 years old at the time.

Today she is 33, a practicing lawyer and a new mom.

Daybreak dropped in for a visit.

To listen to the full interview, click on the link: Kamloops' Jessica Vliegenthart on her latest challenge - having a baby.


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