Scott Winkler was serving with the 549th Military Police Company out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, when they were deployed to Iraq in 2003. While unloading ammunition later that year, Winkler fell from a truck and severely injured his spinal cord, resulting in paralysis from the chest down.
In 2006, he was introduced to discus and shot put at the Paralympic Military Sports Camp. Coaches agreed: Winkler had a natural talent.
Just a year later, Scott set a world record in shot put at the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championship, hurling the 4 kilogram metal ball 10.01 meters and beating the previous world record by 0.25 meter. That same year, he won gold and bronze medals in shot put at the Para Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Winkler was part of the U.S. team at the 2008 Paralympic Games, where he placed 5th in shot put and set a new U.S. record of 11.27 meters. More recently, in the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Scott won a gold medal in shot put and a bronze in discus.
Winkler is co-founder of Champions Made From Adversity, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities and their families with sports and leisure activities. He’s also worked in the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and in Disabled Sports USA’s Youth Sports Mentoring Program.
“I fought for my country,” Scott says. “Now I win for it.”
Scott’s motto is, “If you believe you can achieve.“ His personal website is http://www.scottwinklerusa.com/ and he’s also on Facebook. Scott will be blogging for MEDAL QUEST in May and June.Back To Athletes