Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Jun 03, 2019

Minda Dentler was one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Joint District Conference.  Minda is the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship.  


As an infant in India, Minda contracted polio, leaving her with paralysis in her legs and in the care of an orphanage. Luckily she was adopted by an American family from Spokane, Washington and underwent a series of surgeries on her hips, legs and back. This enabled her to walk with leg braces and crutches. Her determination resulted in her becoming an independent, educated woman with the drive to face and overcome obstacles throughout her life. 

She has become a champion and inspires people to look beyond their fears.  Minda's approach is to set a goal and achieve it through planning, positive mental attitude and perseverance.  Every goal, athletic or personal goals require hard work and training and as a polio survivor and advocate, a mom, and an athlete, Minda inspires people to strive for the impossible. She is that Champion in the fight to end Polio and is an inspiration to us all.