Fitness just one of many activities |

Fitness just one of many activities

John HartSean Conroy plays tennis Oct. 3 at the the Memorial Park courts in Grass Valley.
ALL | GrassValleyArchive

Sean Conroy, 21, Grass Valley, took up tennis only a few months ago. That doesn’t stop him, though, from competing with opponents from the Nevada County Wheelchair Sports Association at Memorial Park.

“He’s a quick learner – the game comes easily to him,” says coach Greg Cicatelli. “Plus, he’s a heck of a nice guy. Sean has a natural ability for the sport. If he sticks with it, he can get into the open class – the highest level for a player.”

Conroy also works out in two gyms (Fitness First and Club Sierra), lifting weights and working on machines to keep his shoulders powerful. Because his shoulders do a lot of work in the wheelchair, they ache if he doesn’t keep them strong.

A talented musician, Conroy plays the trumpet and performs on keyboard with a rock band. If that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he also attends Sierra College full time.

To keep his discipline, Conroy makes exercise dates with friends. He wouldn’t stand up a good friend so even if he don’t feel like working out, he keeps his word.

“Besides,” he adds, “I don’t feel as well when I don’t exercise. I slow down and eat more. My energy declines, and my body starts to hurt.”

Conroy has had plenty of time to develop self-discipline. Born with a tumor on his spinal chord, he’s had multiple surgeries on his back, six in the last year alone.

“Everybody has something to deal with” is his philosophy. Conroy’s definitely on top of his game.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User