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Robyn Stawski - Blazing Trails: My Journey to the Paralympics 

Educator, advocate and athlete, Robyn Stawski is well diverse in disability issues and continues to change the mindsets and stereotypes of society through her own life experience of living with a physical disability (Cerebral Palsy). A speaker and lecturer on a variety of disability related topics; Robyn is a 2005 graduate of SoutheasternUniversity in Lakeland, Florida with a B.A. in Public Relations/Journalism. She completed her final semester of coursework interning with the United States Olympic Committee serving as the Special Events Coordinator for the United States Association of Blind Athletes in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As an athlete, Robyn has exemplified the abilities of those with disabilities. As a member of the 1994 National Disabled Swim Team and the 2000 National Paralympic Track and Field Team, she has competed in many international disabled athletic competitions, including placing 4th in the discus at the International Paralympic Committee’s 2002 World Athletic Championships in Lille, France.

In the past, Robyn has served as an employee of ShrinersHospital for Children assisting young adults with disabilities and their families in obtaining the resources for the patients to achieve their independence and reach their goals. Currently, she is a community assistant at an off- campus student housing complex as well as an adaptive sports coach and Welcome Center Representative at the New Tampa Family YMCA. In addition, Robyn currently holds national records for the shot put, discus and javelin. At the 2007 United States Paralympic Track and Field National Championships in Marietta, GA. Robyn brought home 2 gold and a silver as well as qualified as a member of team USA for the 2007 Para Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At the Para Pan American Games, Robyn captured the bronze in the discus and gold in the shot put, while also setting a new Para Pan American record in the shot put with a throw of 5.45m. Robyn continues to train at the New Tampa Family YMCA on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of competing in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China

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