Inspiration from Twitter and the 43rd International Finals Rodeo
Monday, 21 January 2013 02:05

When the deaf cowboy wins the steer wrestling event in the IFR, it really proves you can do anything you believe you can do. When the deaf cowboy wins the steer wrestling event in the IFR, it really proves you can do anything you believe you can do.

While enjoying International Finals Rodeo 43 online through a web broadcast, participating in an online chat and following along on twitter, I came across a stellar tweet the exudes inspiration.

Competing at his third International Finals Rodeo, Clint Thomas of Ranger, Georgia roped and wrestled in the Tiedown Roping and Steer Wrestling events.  Now an IFR veteran, the 2009 International Professional Rodeo Association Tiedown Rookie of the Year Award Winner had a great Finals in 2013.  To resounding cheers at the end of the Steer Wrestling, he was announced as the IFR 43 Steer Wrestling Champion.  However, it wouldn't have been until someone pointed at the 'Jumbotron' declaring him as champion that he would have been certain of his accomplishment, as the applause and booming announcer had fallen on deaf ears… Thomas is hearing impaired.

This talented athlete competes in one of the most intricate events and one of the toughest events of the sport.  There are many variables that come into play, and competitors rely on their travelling partners to guide them before the run.  With Thomas, his travelling partners do this via hand signals, cuing him when the arena is clear, how his horse is standing, if the steer or calf is standing good, and so forth.

His ability to overcome his perceived disadvantage, and most recent prestigious championship inspired one fan in attendance to tweet, "When the deaf cowboy wins the steer wrestling event in the IFR, it really proves you can do anything you believe you can do." ~ @carsonfosterr

This is just one story of great accomplishment from our Sport, but truly a remarkable, motivational and inspirational one in this instance.  Overcoming odds, and inspiring fans.  Cowboy.

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