On Monday, July 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker Cliff Meidl will join us to discuss his experience as an Olympian, courage, hope, and achievement through adversity.
SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.
About Cliff Meidl
Cliff Meidl (born March 6, 1966) is a retired American Sprint Kayaker. He competed in 1000m kayak events at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. He also served as the U.S. flag bearer at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.Cliff Meidl (born March 6, 1966) is a retired American Sprint Kayaker. He competed in 1000m kayak events at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. He also served as the U.S. flag bearer at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
After a construction accident that caused him to suffer severe electrical burns and the near loss of his legs at age 20, he battled to recover, and rose to become a two-time Olympian in the sport of kayaking. His fellow athletes elected him to bear the flag and lead Team USA into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of Sydney 2000. Meidl’s inspiring story received major television and press coverage during the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics.
Meidl currently lives in Southern California, where he works in asset management. He is also a successful motivational speaker and member of the National Speakers Association. His motto is “Ad Astra Per Aspera” (Latin for: To The Stars Through Difficulties), and his speaking presentations focus on the universal topics of courage, hope, and achievement through adversity.
Meidl attended El Camino College, a junior college in Torrance, California before transferring to California State University, Long Beach, where he studied business administration. He later went on to the University of Southern California, where he earned an MBA. The two-time Olympian partners with foundations and 501(c3) organizations to advocate educational awareness, promote the sport of kayaking, and recognize individuals for exceptional effort, courage, and achievement in the midst of challenging circumstances.