Lessons learned on an international stage

Amelia Wood, 7, gets a little help from two-time Paralympic gold medalist Jennifer Ruddell on Tuesday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. The demonstration was to give children an idea of what it is like to compete with a disability and to emphasize Olympic values such as respect, perseverance and sportsmanship. Ruddell won medals in 2004 and 2008 in women’s wheelchair basketball. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Amelia Wood, 7, gets a little help from two-time Paralympic gold medalist Jennifer Ruddell on Tuesday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. The demonstration was to give children an idea of what it is like to compete with a disability and to emphasize Olympic values such as respect, perseverance and sportsmanship. Ruddell won medals in 2004 and 2008 in women’s wheelchair basketball.