READ ABOUT TEAM WHEELSTRONG
Matthew Celeberto, founder of WHEELSTRONG SPORTS INC. Matthew lives in Cranston, RI where he lived his whole life. He has had a SPI since July 3, 2003 due to a motor vehicle accident. After his accident, he took about two years to figure out his life and how he was going to live it. He has been involved in all types of businesses from Real Estate to franchises. He found his passion when he started to get involved in adaptive sports. He realized that adaptive sports are no joke and extremely competitive. “I got sick of seeing people wearing Nike and Adidas and decided we need our own brand.” Gotta respect that, and acknowledge it too. He brings up a valid point. To date, there has not been an adaptive sports clothing line. So in 2011 he created WHEELSTRONG SPORTS INC. He wants the WHEELSTRONG brand “To be the face of all adaptive sports and fitness.
Personal Trainer (ISSA)
Kettlebell Trainer (IKFF)
While living with the birth defect called Spina Bifida I have not let that get in my way of achieving my goals. I have always been involved in sports and exercise since I was young. Competing in sports such as wheelchair basketball track and field among others I was able to build confidence.
While I was going to college for exercise science I became interested in a sport called Powerlifting. Starting off competing at regional events I would have never thought I would compete in two world championships and the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing China.
Over the last several years I have been working at all types of gyms pursing my career in personal training. While obtaining certifications in Kettlebell training and personal training I have been able to fulfill my dream of helping others achieve their goal in health and fitness.
Bethany A. Hoppe
Bethany A. Hoppe is an author, public speaker, and performer who promotes the status of women with disabilities. Bethany’s specialty is teaching self-advocacy, preventive health & fitness, and work strategies through educational research and outreach. Bethany holds a Masters in Communications, teaches at a four-year university, and is WHEELSTRONG through the practice of QiGong, seated Yoga, weightlifting, and aerobic exercise. Visit her at www.bethany-hoppe.com, or read her blog “Raspberry Vogue: Lifestyle of a Rolling Diva” for laughs, inspiration, and a wicked sense of humor!
Tiffiny Carlson is a writer and quadriplegic from Minneapolis. She has a C6 spinal cord injury from a diving accident when she was 14 years old. Writing and breaking stereotypes is her passion. She’s been the SCI Life columnist for New Mobility magazine since 2003 and is the founder of the longtime disability site, BeautyAbility.com. Her work has been featured in Penthouse, Playgirl, The Huffington Post and Nerve.com. When she’s not writing, Tiffiny loves cooking, getting her stretch on in adaptive yoga and playing with her cat, Daphne du Maurier.