Recently, CCCWA workshop series featured Mr. Hou Bin’s public speech on “Carry Forward the Olympic Spirit, Pursue Dreams and Ambitions". Mr. Hou is the three-time winner of the World Paralympic Games men's high jump champion and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games Image Ambassador.
Hou Bing shared his footprint of endeavor: at the age of 9, he lost his left leg due to an accident, however he’d never given up the hope of future despite of the hardship. At the age of 21, he became a Paralympian, and represented China at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta and won the gold medal of high jump with the record of 1.92 meters. In 2008, Hou Bin became the first International Paralympic ambassador launched by the International Paralympic Committee. Since then, Hou Bin defended his title at both year 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.
During the opening ceremony of year 2008 Beijing summer Paralympics' Games, Hou Bin served as Beijing Paralympic Main Torch hand. He lit up the main torch of Paralympic Games by of placing the torch in the wheelchair special bracket and tightening himself to the rope, pulling the rope and climbing up. Hou Bin said: "People have to keep striving and excel. Future and life can be created but waiting. We should live a life with hope and dream in our heart. If there is a dream, there is a future”. The story of Hou Bin’s endeavor is full of aspiration.
自退役以来，侯已成为一名励志演说家，并于2013年推出了“Stand Up Again”，这是一项针对雅安和汶川地震后需要修复截肢的受伤儿童的筹款项目。
Since retirement, Hou has become a motivational speaker. In 2013, he launched "Stand Up Again," a fundraising project for injured children who needed prosthetics after the Ya'an and Wenchuan earthquakes.
The speech was extremely well received and appreciated. Chinese community thanks Mr. Hou’s sharing his story with Chinese community during his family vacation in Seattle. Cathy Zhou, the president of CCCWA said: "The story of Hou Bin is encouraging and inspiring, CCCWA hopes the speech will inspire us and through the event to unite the local Chinese community.". After the speech, Cathy, on behalf of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Washington State, presented Hou Bin with the “Excellent Social Responsibility Award”.
The story of Hou Bin’s endeavor is full of positive energy, and inspired us to persevere with our goals.