“It gets easy later”
After making it back from two major injuries only to have the Paralympic Games postponed, para athlete Marissa Papaconstantinou’s goals seemed the furthest away they’d ever been. That’s when Coach Bob Westman’s words “It gets easy later” helped her stay strong. They reminded her to push through hard times to make her dreams a reality.
Never one to let physical limitations stop her, Marissa knew she wanted to run track despite being born without her right foot. At age 11, she got her first running blade and began her running career, eventually starting to train with Coach Westman. She’s the first para athlete to work with the coach, who previously trained Team Canada. Now, Coach Westman trains Marissa at University of Toronto, pushing her to overcome obstacles and achieve her best.