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KHS&S-Tampa's Brad Kendell Begins Competition in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio


Brad Kendell, project manager/senior estimator in KHS&S's Tampa office, begins the first of six competitive races today in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Kendell is competing in sailing events as part of Team USA One Sonar Class with teammates and fellow US Sailing Team members Rick Doerr and Hugh Freund.

Kendell is the tactician and handles the main sail on the 23-foot keelboat.

The stakes are high this week since sailing is not expected to be an event in future Paralympic Games because there aren't enough countries competing.  So this could be the last time for Kendell and the team to medal.

Kendell lost both his legs in 2003 in a plane crash, which also killed his father, Bruce Kendell, and friend Dan Griffith Jr.  

According to an article by Martin Fennelly, sports columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, Kendell is competing in the name of his father. (For related article, click here: http://bit.ly/2cSSXZ0)

"My dad would be very proud," Brad said to Fennelly.  "He was larger than life. A jolly guy. He did everything. He sailed the world. He loved to have fun. … I think he's having a beer and a cigar up there, watching all this with a big smile on his face."

The US Sailing Team social media channels will provide coverage on an hourly basis during Rio 2016.  To access specific links, click the URL below.

http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/rio2016guide/