Scott Winkler continues to inspire others

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Wednesday June 3, 2009

GROVETOWN, GA--A little less than a year ago Scott Winkler was in Beijing, China, making his debut at the paralympic games. This Friday, he leaves for Oklahoma to compete again. At 35 years old, one may think he'd be slowing down but he's nowhere close.

Scott Winkler's motto is if you believe it, you can achieve it. For six years since being paralyzed in Iraq, Winkler is doing just that.

"I mean, it's what you make out of life. Some people don't know how to react from it and if you can find an outlet and accept it, you can accomplish a lot in life." said Scott Winkler

Winkler's accomplishments as a paralympian speak for themselves. He's the world record holder i the shot put and holds the American record in the shot and discus. But nothing beats qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"It's a lot of stress and struggle to get there. A lot of doubting. But getting there was the greatest feeling in the world." added Winkler

Winkler was hoping to bring back gold, but instead finished in fifth place.

"Yeah, I was a little disappointed at first, but you know what, I made another American record, my best PR, and I'm still just growing in time."

That brings us to today with Winkler working hard everyday to get better an while teaching me his technique proved to be difficult.

It's all part of his ultimate goal in life to inspire people.

"That's to inspire people...is my main goal. The records, that's for everybody in the country and it gives someone else a chance to look and say if he can do this, so can I. There's always going to be someone bigger and better. You've just got to try your hardest and never give up."

When Winkler isn't training for the next competition, he's working with his organization Champions Made From Adversity. You can check out their website www.cmfa.u-s.


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