Role Model

If you’re looking for a role model for your teenage kids, you could do much worse than Bethany Hamilton.

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton returned to competition just 10 weeks after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

The 13-year-old Hamilton placed fifth in her age group in the Open Women Division of a National Scholastic Surfing Association meet at Banyans on Saturday.

“It was definitely a good start,” Hamilton said.

It was Hamilton’s first meet since the weekend before she was attacked Oct. 31, although she returned to the water Thanksgiving Day.She’s been back in the water since the beginning of December, which in and of itself is pretty amazing. You can learn more about Bethany here.

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