Lining up his pressure penalty shot from just inside the 10 metre line, in the intense silence of a packed stadium sensing victory, fullback Ben Kende kept his cool. “Head down and straight through,” he told himself, before acing his second penalty of the night to secure CBRE Hong Kong Football Club the First Division 2009-2010 Grand Championship. (From the Ben Kende Foundation on FaceBook)
Ben Kende was a young, up-and-coming rugby player from Hong Kong for whom the sky was the limit. That was until a match in Bangkok, Thailand that would change his life forever.
Playing for the Hong Kong under-20s team at the Asian Junior Championship in Bangkok last August, Ben sustained a serious neck injury that has left him a tetraplegic with limited use of his arms and no use of his legs.
He spoke to Peter Overton from Nine Television Network of Australia about his life since that fateful event…
There are various initiatives in support of Ben Kende. Join the Ben Kende Foundation on FaceBook to learn more.
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