Blind since birth, frequent Sacramento Lyft passenger Christella and her guide dog Priscilla are well known among the Sacramento driver community. This incredibly accomplished woman participated in the London 2012 Paralympics as a Judo Olympian. She is currently ranked #1 in the US among female black belt Judo Olympic-level athletes.
She frequently takes Lyft rides to train with sighted athletes. Most recently, she went to Denver for the International Blind Sports Federation Judo World Championships, where she used Lyft to get to and from the Olympic Village.
When she isn't traveling to competitions across the world, Christella performs licensed massage therapy both in her home and at a Massage Envy location in East Sacramento. Many Sacramento drivers are now frequent customers of hers!
Her love for Lyft was recently shared both in a story that aired on local television station Fox 40, and again when she testified about Lyft’s accessibility at a Public Utilities Commission hearing in San Francisco along with her boyfriend Joe (who has also been blind since birth).
Her motto is not to let anything hold her back. She believes that everyone encounters obstacles and the most important step to take is to learn, grow, and overcome your challenges to become a stronger person. One of her favorite things to do is laugh as it lessens the difficult times and make the good parts of life even more amazing.
You can follow Christella on Twitter: @christellablue.