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Meet the winners of this year's Wheels Up! Photo Contest

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Manuel Frenandez enjoys a day of water skiing during the annual Abilities First Sports Camp in Chico, Calif. Photo GOEL 2014.

You Roamed: GOEL 2014

Online Exclusive posted Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 3:33pm

You roamed in epic fashion during the 2014 Get Out, Enjoy Life contest

From cities like Centennial, Colorado to Pembroke, New Hampshire to Sapcote Leicestershire, United Kingdom you got out, enjoyed life and roamed in epic fashion. We heard from people in Varazze, Italy, British Columbia, Canada and Dagupan, Manila. You shared your adventures, passions and dreams and helped motivate others to continue living life – and also provided the S`NS editorial team some really great story ideas.

The 2014 Get Out, Enjoy Life contest ended with a monumental number of photo entries and daily destination comments, suggestions and “Likes.” Now, we turn our photo judges loose on the more than 500 photos to see who will land this year’s September 2014 cover.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our friends at Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI) and Wheel:Life. Since GOEL2011, we have worked hard to discover and share the wide range of accessible activities, organizations and destinations in hope of encouraging all abilities to seek out an active and healthy lifestyle.

Stay tuned as we tally the photo submissions – one of you will be receiving a special prize pack for most photos submitted. And keep watch on your email inboxes, as we’ll be contacting some of you for our “People of GOEL” articles. There’s simply to many great stories not to share.

In the meantime, please help us thank all of our daily destination prize pack sponsors as well as our grand-prize participating sponsors from Box Wheelchairs, Morph Wheels and At Home Medical. To see all the photos, visit the 2014 GOEL photo gallery.

In case you forgot, here are the grand prizes.


First Place Photo Winner

Kayla Bolnick is in love with swimming. Photo GOEL 2014.

First-place winner will receive a custom built wheelchair courtesy of Mike Box Designs, the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack mentioned above, and based on photo quality, the cover spot of the September 2014 S’NS issue. Winning photos that do not meet our production and design resolutions will be placed in the Final Frame section of the magazine and the winner will receive a 2-year subscription to compensate the prize. 

Second Place Photo Winner

Second-place winner will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to S’NS, a set of Morph Wheels, foldable wheelchair wheels/tires courtesy Maddak, Inc., and their winning picture featured as Final Frame in the September 2014 issue of S’NS, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above.

Third Place Photo Winner

Third-place winners will receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy At Home Medical, a complimentary copy of the September 2014 S’NS issue, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above. The winning photo will be featured as “Spoke of the Week” on the S’NS web site.



The Get Out, Enjoy Life Contest is judged by SPORTS ‘N SPOKES freelance photographers and photo journalist professionals. Photos are judged based on image composition, quality and adherence to the spirit of the Get Out, Enjoy Life theme. For more of what goes into landing a cover photo, see the SPORTS `N SPOKES article, Landing the Cover.


Photo Judges:

Loren Worthington - shoulders

Loren has been a good friend to S’NS and the wheelchair community of Arizona for many years. His passion for visual story telling shines through in his bright, crisp imagery of wheelchair athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. We’re grateful to have his keen eye for the Get Out, Enjoy Life contest. You can view his work online.



Nancy Crase - shoulders

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Nancy co-launched SPORTS `N SPOKES with husband and founding editor Cliff Crase. For more than 15 years, she served as managing editor as well as one of the photographers supplying the many sports photos that fill S `NS. Her photos have also appeared in other diverse publications. To see more of Nancy’s work, visit her online at Crase Photos.



Bert Burns - shoulders

Bert Burns is a C7 quadriplegic who first read S’NS in his early days of recovery after a life-changing car accident. “Every month as I was in rehab, I would go through the pages of SPORTS ’N SPOKES, amazed by the athletes they featured and hoping I could be one, too,” Burns says.

In 10 brief years following the accident, Burns made his own amazing advances as a recreational therapist for the Shepherd Center and in a lengthy career as a wheelchair racer. From 1991 to 1992, Burns was featured in 15 consecutive issues of SPORTS ’N SPOKES as his results from international wheelchair racing competitions hit the newswires. Burns competed as a wheelchair athlete on a global scale for 15 years, winning many gold medals in international events over the years, including one in a 4x400 relay at the 1992 Paralympics.

Burns formally began Life After Spinal Cord Injury as an outreach program in 2010 after more than 20 years of working with peer groups and the SCI community. It’s a motivational program that takes place in rehabilitation hospitals and other locations, to assist disabled youth and adults who have recently learned they will be permanently using a wheelchair. Learn more at UroMed.

Chris Malcom - shoulders


Chris Malcom is a C-7 quadriplegic who was paralyzed almost 25 years ago in a car accident. Chris completed his rehabilitation at the world renowned Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA and went on to compete as a top-tier wheelchair racer at an international level, competing at the World Championship Games for the United States in 2002. Chris still competes in wheelchair rugby, better known as Quad Rugby, and plans to rejoin his team for the 2014-2015 season.

Today, he is the founder of the iPush Foundation and the Executive Vice-President for At Home Medical Products, Inc., an online medical supply company that delivers products throughout the US and Canada. In both roles, he serves individuals who use wheelchairs on a daily basis. Chris is a proud supporter of a wide variety of national and community events that benefit people with disabilities.

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