There are many words that can be used to describe our July cover model. Awe-inspiring. Motivational. Resilient. Austin Hinchey suits each of those both on and off the volleyball court.
Born with Congenital Pseudarthosis (brittle bone disease), Austin was involved in many sports as a child. His family recognized the importance of sport and staying active and he remembers always having sports equipment of every type around the house while growing up. Both of his parents were collegiate athletes – his father playing basketball and volleyball at Mount Royal University while his mother played volleyball and ran cross-country with Red Deer College.
“I’d have to wear assistive braces in order to play recreational sports,” says Austin. Because of his condition, he would spend time in a cast often during his childhood after multiple breaks. “This was when I was the safest and my parents didn’t have to worry,” he says.