Paralympic hopeful from Canada training in Tucson

Paralympic hopeful from Canada training in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Anthony Lue is quick on his wheels.

"The bike was like freedom," Lue said. "I love the speed."

His bike keeps him going day in and day out, as he pedals through life.

"I feel like a bird. It's amazing. I don't have hair but I always make jokes that I can feel the wind through my hair," he said.

That feeling of freedom he's embraced as his saving grace. Back in 2009, he was paralyzed in a construction accident - when a crane clawed into a car he was in while working.

"They used the jaws of life to cut the roof off and pull me out," he explained. "Just a blessing that I'm still alive today."

A former athlete, this injury forced him to shift gears.

"As an able bodied athlete, you can just grab your bag and head to the gym - do whatever you need to do."

Now paralyzed, he still never takes a day for granted. He’s learned how to get around using his upper body strength, and not his legs. He uses his past as fuel in hopes to tell an important story.

"I'm really hoping to make a mark on the international stage and let my name be known," he said.

Lue is a different kind of Tucson snowbird. He's been coming from Canada during the winters the last few years to train surrounded by mountains and cacti.

"Honestly no better place to train," Lue said.

Lue has been to several competitions with his hand cycle already. Last year he took home first place in his class at the Valley of the Sun competition in Phoenix.

Now Lue’s training to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Multiple times a week he takes to the Loop and works hard to reach his full potential, soaring like a bird down the street.

"Once you get in that zone - it's like you're free. Nothing else really matters," he said.

Feeling free, no matter what life throws at you - a reminder he wants others to hear.

He hopes people won't let anything get in the way of their dreams.

You can help him follow his and learn more about his story at anthonylue.com.

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