Meet Danish Veteran Army Sergeant Søndergaard
Army Sergeant Søndergaard arrived in Washington D.C. on Friday, 4th of July, after having biked in from Canada with the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge. Read more about Army Sergeant Søndergaard’s impressive willpower and accomplishments!
Jens Søndergaard served with the United Nations in Croatia, where in June 1993 a shot from a sniper paralyzed him from the chest down. Jens uses a wheelchair today and a Wolturnus hand cycle in sporting events.
Working at the Army Operational Command Denmark as a civilian, the Viborg, Denmark resident is active in cycling, marathons and swimming. In 2012 and 2013, Jens participated in the Marine Corps Marathon. In 2013, he rode the 7 day, 440 mile Ride4Rehab from Copenhagen to Skagen, Denmark. This April, he participated in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America ride from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Gettysburg.
Riding in the inaugurate CanAm Veterans’’ Challenge, Jens is doing so to “challenge myself and to show other veterans and wheelchair users everything is possible.”
“It is a great honor to be part of the CanAm team,” Jens said. Planning to show the Danish flag side by side with the Canadian and American flags, Jens is looking forward to “making some new friends from Canada and America” during the two week ride.
“This September, Jens will participate in the Berlin Marathon in Germany. He is hopeful of being selected to participate in the World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride, tentatively planned for the summer of 20154.
Picture taken on July 4th 2014 in front of the Canadian Embassy where the group was greeted by the Canadian Ambassador before heading off for the 4th of July parade. Jens’ bike was decorated with a Dannebrog (Danish national flag) for the parade which came from the SIRIUS Sledge Patrol, a unique elite Danish navy unit enforcing Danish sovereignty in the Arctic.
Read more about the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge here:
From the left: German Shepherd Bella, Lieutenant Colonel Per Lyse Rasmussen, Assistant Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché at the Embassy of Denmark in USA & Veteran Army Sergeant Jens Søndergaard, Army Operational Command