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A Wrestling Inspiration

Posted on February 16, 2012 , by junowebdesign

Imagine a boy, born without his right leg, to a mother of 16. For the majority of this life he wears a prosthetic leg, but dumps it at the age of 7 because he is so over putting it on and off again. He then joins a wrestling team at the age of 14. Nothing deters this boy, he gets better and stronger, winning championships and finally retiring from wrestling to follow an athletic career and tours the country giving motivational speeches.

Well imagine no longer, because this boy is Anthony Robles. This incredible man has gone through the mill and at times felt frustrated with life due to the taunts at school, but his family and friends provided so much support, that drove this legend.

Robels received the International Olympic Committees Disabled Athlete Award in 2011 and won the "Jimmy V" award for perseverance in 2011 also.

Robels never expected to be taken down this particular route, but he did realize that he wanted to be a motivational speaker and could inspire others with his incredible story.

"I didn't expect any of this," he said. "I was just trying to accomplish my own goal of being the best wrestler I could. In the process, all these other doors opened up.

"I got a shot to go after my dream. I know there are a lot of individuals who may not get that chance. They may not have the support system I had. Maybe I can help them with their circumstances."

Not only is Robels an inspiration to other disabled athletes, he can be an inspiration to all of us, showing that positivity and perseverance are the key.

"Every soul who comes to Earth with a leg or two at birth must wrestle his opponents knowing it's not what is, but what can be that measures worth. Make it hard, just make it possible and through pain, I won't complain. My spirit is unconquerable. Fearless I will face each foe for I know I am capable. I don't care what's probable, through blood, sweat and tears I am unstoppable."

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