In 2008, sprinter Sabra Hawkes called running in the Beijing Games “a dream.” She qualified for Team USA after winning the 100m dash, and placing second in the 200m during a qualifying event at Arizona University. Although Hawkes did not medal in Beijing, she’s held on to her Paralympic dream and is now training for London 2012.
Sabra, who has cerebral palsy, began running during her sophomore year in high school. Her high school did not have a track and field program, so she entered a meet for athletes with disabilities – and surprised herself by winning, even though she’d had no coaching.
Since then Hawkes has continued to win. By the time she began her college years at Keene State College she’d competed internationally in the CP World Championships, the Para-World Championships, and the Parapan American Games in Brazil, where she won a gold medal in the 200m and a silver in the 100m, setting new American records.
Sabra continues to pursue a degree in Health Promotion and Fitness. As her father Brett Hawkes says, “She seized the day and ran with it.”
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