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Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
Height1.88 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Brenda, daughter Nicole, sons Kyle and Colton
Caro, MI, USA
Athlete, Veteran
Higher education
Business Management - Saginaw Valley State University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began participating in wheelchair sports in 2003.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to get into Para sports by several friends around Michigan. "A guy from North Branch [MI] kind of sunk in his claws and got on me, saying, 'You gotta try this [sport], you gotta try that, and everything else.' At the same time I had a group from Bay City getting on me about playing wheelchair rugby. I found out I was good at some of the stuff."
General Interest
In October 2015 he fractured his knee a week before he was due to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He was cleared to participate at the competition and won silver in the F53 shot put. (, 31 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the Ohio Wheelchair Games and the Michigan Wheelchair Games in 2005, and Best Overall Field Athlete at the Michigan Wheelchair Games in 2008. (, 05 Mar 2010)

In 2005 he was inducted into Michigan's Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame as Athlete of the Year. (, 05 Mar 2010)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair rugby at national level, and has also competed in tenpin bowling leagues. (, 05 Mar 2010)
He was struck by lightning while on duty with the United States Army Reserve [USAR] in Michigan, United States of America. The strike threw him more than 10 metres, caused various internal and external injuries, including quadriplegia. (, 05 Mar 2010)
Other information
He serves as the sports director for the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America. (, 01 Oct 2016;, 14 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008 Discus Throw F53-54 23.71
9 2008 Shot Put F53-54 7.76
3 2012 Shot Put F52/53 8.26
8 2012 Javelin Throw F52-53 17.20
9 2012 Discus Throw F51/52/53 22.01
2 2016 Shot Put F53 8.41
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 Shot Put F52/53 7.87
7 2011 Discus Throw F51-53 22.03
6 2011 Javelin Throw F52-53 17.32
7 2013 Discus Throw F51/52/53 20.44
2 2013 Shot Put F52/53 8.26
7 2013 Javelin Throw F52/53 16.91
2 2015 Shot Put F53 8.14
2 2017 Shot Put F53 8.13