Disabled badminton ace Kwon Hyun-ah (34, Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled) has a special relationship with ‘figure queen’ Kim Yu-na.He is a classmate who studied in the same class when he was a second year student at Gunpo Surigo High School.On the 25th, Kwon Hyun-ah met with reporters at the Icheon Athletes’ Village in Gyeonggi-do, where the ‘2024 Korea Sports Association for the Disabled National Team Training Opening Ceremony’ was held, and said, “At the time, (Kim) Yuna was a world-class athlete, and she was so busy that she wouldn’t remember me.” “I just looked at him as an object of envy,” he said.Hyuna Kwon couldn’t get Kim Yuna’s autograph or take a picture with her like her other friends. He said, “I had a passive personality at the time.”
Hyuna Kwon became disabled when she was six years old. She injured her spinal cord in a fall.Kwon Hyun-ah, who has been in a wheelchair since she was young, went to school quietly like other disabled children. When I was in elementary school, I couldn’t even participate in sports activities .He said, “I stayed in the classroom while my other friends went to the playground to do physical education. The teacher encouraged me to join, but I couldn’t muster up the courage .”Hyuna Kwon’s quiet personality did not change even when she went to middle school and high school. Kwon Hyun-ah, who worked as a web designer, changed her life after meeting her boyfriend Choi Won-geun.
He said, “My boyfriend worked in wheelchair repair, and we started dating while fixing wheelchairs 8 years ago. We learned wheelchair rugby together at my boyfriend’s recommendation, which is how I got into sports for the disabled. “Kwon Hyun-ah, who fell in love with the charm of sports, tried other sports and discovered a talent for badminton .Kwon Hyun-ah’s life changed 180 degrees .He grew into Korea’s best disabled badminton player, and the stage of his life expanded to the world .He said, “When I went to school with Yuna Kim, I never dreamed that I would compete in the Paralympic Games. I also think, ‘It would have been great if I had participated in sports activities at a younger age.’ ”He then said, “I hope that many children with disabilities will come out and be active without worrying about what others think,” and added, 스포츠토토존 “Sports will change life itself.”