Visually impaired runner champions anti-bullying
Noella Klawitter back home in P.E.I. with a message for kids
One of Canada's best visually impaired runners is devoting her attention toward anti-bullying on P.E.I.
Noella Klawitter, a graduate of Charlottetown Rural High School and University of Prince Edward Island, began losing her sight more than a decade ago due to a degenerative condition.
Since then, she has become a triple gold medalist at the Paralympic Pan Am Games.
Now she's opening up to kids across the Island about the bullying she suffered as a teen, and how to stop it.
"A lot of the bullying that I encountered was gossiping, teasing, mean words. Back then I didn't like going to school. I did everything in my power not to go to school, it was definitely a rough period in my life, and luckily I was able to overcome it," said Klawitter.
"I think first and foremost, at a very young age, a kid has a choice, they can go to school and they can tease, gossip. Or they can go to school and encourage. It's teaching that they have that choice, they can be the change."
This is Anti-Bullying Week in P.E.I. schools and Klawitter will be taking her presentation across the province.
She plans to continue her anti-bullying campaign back in Ontario, where she now resides.
Klawitter is also training for the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.