I grew up playing team sports throughout junior high and then got into BMX as a young teenager. I began racing BMX at age 14 and saw success my first year racing nationally with a first place finish in the rookie class of the NBL. I raced and competed in Dirt Jump events throughout my teens. Then at age 22 I was involved in motorcycle wreck on my way to work on a sunny fall morning that left me paralyzed from the chest down. I spent the better part of 3 years without any involvement in sports until a Korean War Veteran donated a handcycle to me. Since then I have found a great outlet in handcycling and also got involved in competeing in triathlons.
To compete in triathlons I use a wetsuit for the swim portion, handcycle for the bike leg, and a racing wheelchair for the run. This sport has meant so much to my life and is something that I love to share with others.
It is my goal and dream to compete for the USA at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I currently train an avearage of 15-20 hours per week at this goal. If you are interested in sponsoring me for the 2016 season please contact me.
Paratriathletes will earn Paralympic Qualifying Points through the Yokohama and Aguilas stops as they attempt to qualify for the Paralympics in Rio, where paratriathlon will be held for the first time.