Article From The Free Press - S e r v i n g t h e S o u t h C o u n t r y , F e r n i e , S p a r w o o d , E l k f o r d s i n c e 1 8 9 8 | www.thefreepress.ca | Thursday, March 31, 2022
"For Clayton Faulconer of Fernie,arm wrestling is a ‘gift from God.’That’s because Faulconer, who was born and raised in town but now lives in North Vancouver, suffered a “terrible accident” about three and a half years ago that left him with a traumatic brain injury (and it wasn’t the only major accident he’s been in, in his life).
In 2018, it was a car accident in Vancouver that left him in an induced coma for 7 days. He spent a 6-month stretch in hospitals and a group home after that. The road to recovery was severe. He had to relearn how to eat, talk, and walk, he said. But through it all, there was one thing that stayed solid. “After my accident, arm wrestling was like riding a bicycle,” he said. “It was easier than eating.” Faulconer has been no stranger to the strength-testing sport in his life. As a kid, he knew his parents (who still live in Fernie) were very strong, and he wanted to be as strong as them. His mother did well an arm-wrestlingcompetition in Fernie in 1987, and he was inspired." ~ Joshua Fischlin, The Free Press
Thank you to, Joshua Fischlin, The Free Press Reporter who interviewed me! Download the digital version here or visit the original article.