WC WHPC Hosts Health Fair and Olympic Gold Medalist

April 2, 2009

     The Wilmington College Wellness and Health Promotions Committee opened the 2009 WC Health Fair last week with a presentation from Olympic gold medalist, Jason Read.

     The Health Fair incorporated booths on women’s fitness, yoga, fire prevention, nutritious foods, and the effects of tobacco use.  Several hundred people from the WC community participated in the event.

     Jason Read won a gold medal for the men’s eight in rowing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  Being an Olympic Champion has positively impacted Read’s life.

     “I dreamt what it must be like to participate in the ultimate festival of sport,” Read said.   “Unbeknownst to me, 20 years later I would be living that dream by not only representing our country, my family, and our sport, but to actually win and hear the National Anthem played for my teammates' is an unbelievable accomplishment.”

     Read travels around the country in hopes of encouraging more Americans to be service-oriented and to raise the public’s awareness of how staying in shape can affect someone’s health and wallet.

     “Helping people who are less fortunate or require emergent help is very rewarding.”

     Aside from his rowing and service accomplishments, Read has also dedicated his life to Emergency Services and volunteering.  Entering the Emergency Services at age 14, Read has since become Chief Operations and was one of the thousands of officers who responded to the September 11 attacks in New York City.

     “The World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11 had a profound impact on my life,” Read said.  “I got back from Ground Zero and I was a train wreck.”

     Read overcame an obstacle of his own in the months after the September 11 attacks.

     “The fall of 2001 and spring of 2002 was a very tough time for me personally,” Read said.  “[The attacks] changed the trajectory of my short and long term objectives.

     Read will be entering the 2012 Olympics in London with only one other teammate to compete in the men’s pair.

     “Be tenacious.  Be relentless.  The tougher the challenge the greater the reward,” said Read.