American triathlete Hector Picard
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama- American triathlete Hector Picard has registered for this year's Conchman triathlon which takes place on November 6 in Grand Bahama Island.
Hector suffered an accident while on the job as an electrician where he received 13,000 volts through his body that resulted in the amputation of his right arm and half his left, as well as second and third degree burns over 40 per cent of his body.
From July, 2009, through to November, 2010, Picard will have competed in more than 30 triathlon events including two Half Iron, five Olympic, two International, two Classic and 19 Sprint distances through out the state of Florida and Freeport.
"I am excited to be competing at the Conchman in Grand Bahama. It will give me the chance to show a different culture what a physically challenged athlete can do," said Picard.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Paul Mitchell Spirit award for Para-triathlete of the year in the USA.
Picard was born on May 5, 1966, in Miami to Cuban parents Georgina and Leo Picard and has two younger brothers. He is a college graduate and is a real estate professional in the South Florida market, as well as a motivational speaker. He is the father of two daughters from a previous marriage, and is married to Wendy Pennington-Marquard, previous resident of Grand Bahama. He has two step children.