Clearwater Paralympian brings home silver from Rio

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — A Rio Paralympics silver medal winner returned home to Tampa Bay area Thursday.

Clearwater sailor Brad Kendell returned to Clearwater on Thursday morning from Rio de Janeiro where he competed in the Paralympics. Kendell, along with two other teammates, won a silver medal on Saturday in the final race of the Sonar class. Kendell had both legs amputated above the knee from injuries he suffered in a 2003 plane crash.

Kendell had both legs amputated above the knee from injuries he suffered in a 2003 plane crash.

Friends, family and members of the Clearwater Yacht Club gathered at the Tampa International Airport to greet Kendell and congratulate him on winning the silver medal.

“This means so much to me right now, to have my family and friends here,” he said at the airport. “All the hard work that we’ve all put in are incredible. And I can’t thank everybody enough.

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