Wednesday August 13, 2008
Augusta, Ga--It was a hero's send off this evening for Grovetown's Scott Winkler who'll soon be departing for the paralympics in Beijing. Emotion running high as Winkler received all the good lucks and bring home the gold, from his Augusta Bulldogs wheelchair basketball teammates. Winkler is the record holder in teh shot put and as the time draws near for him to depart, the nerves are at an all time high.
"Nerves have been kicked in" said Scott Winkler "Everyday it gets closer, it gets worse and worse. It's a lot of pressure, there's a lot of things on my mind. Don't want to let my country down, definitely don't want to let the whole U.S. down and all the soldiers and civilians, it's a lot of pressure"
Winkler is actually going to hang out with Reese Hoffa's parents to watch the former Lakeside product in the olympics friday morning, then speaking at Harlem High School, and is throwing out the first pitch for the Greenjacket game on Friday. Paralympics are right after the summer games also in Beijing.