Hello everyone, my name is Nick Provenzano and I’m from Sault Ste Marie, a small town in Northern Ontario Canada. In this short video I’d like to share my own story of perseverance with all of you amazing Lime Connect members and hopefully give you extra motivation to succeed in everything you do. As you can see I was born a congenital amputee, missing my left hand below the wrist. Ever since I was a child, I never saw my disability is a limitation in terms of what I could accomplish in life. With that being said there were many daily obstacles in which I had to adapt and overcome Like the simple task of tying my shoes, but thanks to my supportive parents I was introduced to sports at a young age and my confidence grew exponentially from this platform. Not only did I keep up with my able-bodied peers, but I surpassed them competing at the highest levels in hockey soccer badminton and basketball. Utilizing my ingenuity, I applied specialized techniques in each sport to conquer this predisposed obstacle. I’m proud to say that I’ve had a highly successful athletic career, overcoming the odds and winning various individual awards and championships at both the provincial and national level. Now that my athletic career is over, I’ve switched my focus to pursuing something that I’ve been passionate about ever since I was 5 years old, to disrupt and advance the bionics industry. To achieve this goal, I left my entire support system and travelled alone across the country to study biomedical engineering at the University of British Columbia. However, without my family making significant financial sacrifices this incredible opportunity could not have been attained. I’m currently a member on my schools bionics engineering research team where we are in the process of designing a fully functional prosthetic hand. I also volunteer as a head coach for nob ability athletics a nonprofit organization that allows me to mentor limb different children in various sports Starting a prosthetics design company to assist other amputees in achieving their full potential is my end goal. These devices had a life-changing effect on me giving me the opportunity to play the sports I loved and now I want to do my part in paying it forward. My true ambition is to help remove all physical limitations on this minority and single-handedly reconstruct the concept of disability. Thank you so much for listening to my story. I look forward hearing about all the amazing things you have accomplished For now, Nick signing off.