Age 39

Wheelchair Basketball

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How did you feel after you competed for the first time? At the Basketball Camp Lakeshore NWBA in 2003, it was like a rebirth. That fierce competitor in me was suppressed for 12 years until the competitive aspects of Adaptive Sports were opened in my eyes.

Why do you want to compete? The thrill of competition: training before, during the game and the cool down after. … I like to win. In Wheelchair Basketball there are a lot of moving parts and each has to function with each other. Tennis is my new sport, and is challenging. I like to be out there, and as a singles player it is up to you to get it done.

Who inspires you? When I was young was a huge (Michael) Jordan fan. What inspires me now is anyone who has hurdles and gets out there. Also younger generation athletes excelling without letting anything get in their way.

What is your favorite sport to play? Basketball, with Tennis a close Number 2.

What is your favorite sport to watch? Football, the Giants.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Competing and coaching in Basketball, possibly Field Throwing and Open Division Tennis. Mentoring kids, running Adaptive Sports programs and being a leader in the community.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully, running more events and competitions.