"The finish line is only the beginning." -- Rick Hansen

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Touted as the largest first printing for any B.C. book, Rick
Hansen's Man in Motion (1987), co-written with sportswriter Jim Taylor, reportedly had an initial print run of 65,000 copies. It was featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of B.C. BookWorld in 1987.

Born in Port Alberni in 1957, Rick Hansen lost the use of both his legs in a Williams Lake traffic accident when he was 15 and was paralyzed thereafter due to spinal cord injuries. He became a wheelchair athlete, winning 19 marathons, three world championships as well as competing in an exhibition event at the 1984 Olympics. Having commenced his Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, pushing his wheelchair more than 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries to raise $26 million for spinal cord research, rehabilitation and sport, Hansen rolled back into Vancouver as B.C.'s most popular citizen on May 22, 1987, buoyed by a theme song provided by Victoria composer and arranger David Foster. The story behind the story of the book was that Jim Taylor's daughter Teresa had become a quadriplegic in 1976 at age 14, as the result of a skiing accident. Hansen and Taylor verbally agreed to do the book together on the night before Hansen's world tour began.

Prior to re-entering Canada, after his tour of 33 countries, Hansen had raised only $174,000. Newfoundlanders made the difference, having missed out on the cross-country fundraising marathons of Terry Fox and Steve Fonyo. The enthusiasm for Hansen in Newfoundland kindled a "St. Elmo's fire"; of appreciation that swept across Canada in 1987. Rick Hansen: Man in Motion became one of the most successful sports titles ever published in B.C. Hansen soon married his physiotherapist Amanda Reid, daughter of Expo '86 organizer Patrick Reid. The marriage did not go the distance but Hansen's self-promotional zeal was unabated. He co-authored a motivational book with psychologist Joan Laub.

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Rick Hansen became British Columbia's most popular citizen in 1987 after he commenced his Man in Motion World tour in 1985, pushing his wheelchair more than 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries to raise $24 million for medical research. Born in Port Alberni on August 26, 1957, Hansen lost the use of both his legs in a Williams Lake traffic accident when he was 15, paralyzed thereafter with spinal cord injuries. He became a wheelchair athlete, winning 19 marathons, three world championships and competing in an exhibition event at the 1984 Olympics. With a theme song provided by Victoria composer and arranger David Foster, Hansen continued to raise money for spinal cord injury research after his Man in Motion tour ended back in Vancouver on May 22, 1987, having averaged 45,000 wheel strokes daily. Hansen's book Man in Motion (Douglas & McIntyre, 1987) reportedly had an initial print run of 65,000 copies. It was co-written with sportswriter Jim Taylor whose own daughter Teresa had become a quadriplegic in 1976 at age 14, as the result of a skiing accident. Hansen and Taylor verbally agreed to do the book together on the night before Hansen's world tour began. Prior to re-entering Canada, Hansen's tour of 33 countries had raised only $174,000 in 33 countries. Newfoundlanders made the difference, having missed out on the cross-country fundraising marathons of Terry Fox and Steve Fonyo. The enthusiasm for Hansen in Newfoundland kindled the 'St. Elmo's fire' of appreciation that swept across Canada in 1987. After the tour, Hansen married his physiotherapist Amanada Reid, daughter of Patrick Reid. Man in Motion was one of the most successful sports titles ever published in B.C. Hansen's promotional zeal continued when he co-authored a self-help motivational book with Colorado psychologist pyschologist Joan Laub called Going the Distance: 7 Steps to Personal Change (D&M $24.95). Unfortunately his marriage didn't go the distance.

[For other B.C. books pertaining to sports, see abcbookworld entries for Ackles, Bob; Adachi, Pat; Anstey, Robert; Arnason, Kathleen; Banks, Kerry; Bascomb, Neal; Beardsley, Doug; Bjarnason, Paul; Bowering, George; Bowlsby, Craig; Brill, Debbie; Brodsgaard, Shel; Caron, Marnie; Carroll, M.R.; Carver, John Arthur; Childerhose, R.J.; Clerk, Blair M.; Cowley, Glen; Cruise, David; Dawe, Alan; Diersch, Sandra; Edge, Marc; Farris, Jason; Fox, Terry; Fraser, Fil; Galloway, Steven; Gaston, Bill; Getty, Ian; Gregson, Ian; Greig, Murray; Harrison, Pat; Harrison, Patricia; Johnston, Mike; Johnston, Tom; Kew, Trevor; Khan, Karim; Laumann, Silken; Mackin, Bob; McCredie, Andrew; McKinley, Michael; Meraw, Ann Mundigel; Miller, Saul; Mooney, Maggie; Morrison, Janet Love; Nash, Steve; Nicol, Eric; Norton, Wayne; Petersen, Carl W.; Reid, D.C.; Ross, Jesse; Ross, Julian; Rossiter, Sean; Sauerwein, Stan; Savelieff, David S.; Scott, Chic; Shaw, Chris A.; Sheepshanks, John; Smith, Pat; Square, David; Stewart, Barbara; Stott, Jon; Sturrock, Doug; Triano, Jay; Twigg, Alan; Urefe, Frank A.; Waiters, Tony; Walter, Ryan; White, Silas; Whitfield, Simon; Wilberg, Karl; Williams, Tiger; Yzerman, Steve.] @2010.

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In 2018, journalist Jake MacDonald revisited the 40,000-kilometre Man in Motion heroics of perhaps the world?s most-photographed wheelchair athlete for Rick Hansen?s Man in Motion World Tour: 30 Years Later ? A Celebration of Courage, Strength, and the Power of Community (Greystone $34.95). You can read Brian Fraser?s full-length review in The Ormsby Review. For those who don?t know: Coming home from a camping trip to Bella Coola at the age of fifteen, Rick Hansen was thrown from the back of a pickup truck and rendered a paraplegic by a broken back. At age 27 he began his global tour through 34 countries to raise awareness and funding on behalf of people with disabilities. ?The endeavour did not start well,? writes Fraser. ?It was March 1985 and the weather was miserable. His support vehicle got into an accident coming out of the shopping mall parking lot. His trainer and road manager wiped out on his bicycle and was nearly killed. A car that slowed to give the man room was rear-ended. Misreads of the map made the man wheel far further than planned. But the man and his team pushed on to complete the tour and raise $26 million for spinal cord research and support services for people with disabilities in the process.? 9781771643443