Truer words have never been spoken about Simon Ibell's energy. Born in 1977, Simon grew up in Victoria, British Columbia on Canada's west coast. He was always active, loved sports and was very popular at school.
Simon is not just energetic, he is a force of nature.
At 4' 8" tall, Simon is one of only 40 Canadian's with Hunter Syndrome (MPS II), one of a group of six rare metabolic disorders. He has spent his life working to bring awareness to this rare disease.
His life-long close school friend and NBA star, Steve Nash and other A-level athletes from pro sports and throughout the Olympic organization have been part of his journey. A well respected advocate for sport, speaker and inspirational leader, Ibell has has never let life get in the way of his goals.
In 2003 he was named, Canadian Spirit of Sport Story of the year for riding 500 kilometres over 10 days, crossing Vancouver Island and raising $250,000 for MPS diseases.
As a past Athlete Relations & Communications manager for Right To Play, Ibell used his energy and vision to touch and inspire others internationally. Along with close friends and Olympians such as Beckie Scott and Adam Van Koeverden, Simon inspires people internationally.
Simon is the founder of the iBellieve Foundation which seeks to bring awareness to MPS and fights for a cure. Please visit www.iBelieve.com to learn more and to get involved.
SIMON FUN FACT: Even during a punishing snow storm, Simon had no difficulty gathering an esteemed group of friends together for a dinner out - proving he embodies what it is to be a force of nature.
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