“Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton Accepted Favorite Comeback Athlete at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards (Videos)
"Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm after a shark attack in 2003, accepted the award for favorite comeback athlete at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards last Thursday in Los Angeles.
"Cause immmm HAPPY!!!!!" Hamilton tweeted after receiving the award. The soul surfer is well-known for her inspirational story, proving that nothing is impossible with God's help.
When Hamilton was very little, she started surfing and fell in love with that. Since she did really well on that, she started thinking to be a professional surfer. Meanwhile, the little girl received Jesus Christ as her savior at the age of 5. Faith, family and surfing all looked so promising.
However, when Hamilton went for a morning-surf with her friends on October 31, 2003, she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark. "I felt a lot of pressure and a couple of lightning fast tugs," Bethany wrote on her website. "Then I watched in shock as the water around me turned bright red. Somehow, I stayed calm. My left arm was gone almost to the armpit, along with a huge crescent-shaped chunk of my red, white and blue surfboard..."
Even though Hamilton lost her left arm, she never stopped surfing. Three weeks after the attack, she got back on her board. "I see it as chance to share my faith and story," she said in a YouTube video.
Hamilton became a professional surfer in 2007. Now the 24-year-old is famous multi-awarded surfer. She has written her autobiography "Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board," which was adapted into a movie.
Last year, the "Soul Surfer" got married in front of 300 friends and family in Hawaii. Her husband Adam Dirks is a Christian youth minister. They had written and said their own vows, which are very touching and inspiring. A lot of people burst into tears after watching their beautiful wedding video.