Monday June 16, 2008
Arizona--United States National Team Trials this past weekend proved to be another victory for Paralympic hopeful Scott Winkler. Having recently been reclassified in Field Sports from a F54 to a F55, Winkler would have to be ever better than before to achieve his dream of officially being a part of Team heading to Beijing.
The athlete not only qualified, but broke the American Adaptive Shot Put Record by making a 10.97 meter shot put throw. “Winkler said on the phone from Arizona, “I’m am ecstatic! If you believe you can achieve. That’s my motto and I live by it!” Choked up and elated he continued, “It was an emotional week for me. They announced that I’d officially qualified for the team and broke the American record. And I didn’t just make the team…I made the elite standard. I broke down and cried right there.”
Scott Winkler took two medals last winter at the 2007 Parapan Games; Gold (shot put) and Bronze (discus). Winkler will be part of the American Field Team competing in the U.S. Paralympic Games in Beijing China this September.