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BODY Bobby
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age48
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Four children including son Jayden
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Justice Studies - Ferris State University: Big Rapids, MI, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014 in St. Johns, MI, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He began lifting weights as part of his rehabilitation. He was later encouraged to try powerlifting by the owners of the gym he was training at.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His sister MayDene. (lansingstatejournal.com, 02 Aug 2018; Michigan Fitness Foundation YouTube channel, 27 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain only lasts temporarily, happiness lasts forever." (Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Victories for Veterans Award from Disabled American Veterans [DAV]. (lansingstatejournal.com, 02 Aug 2018)

In 2016 he was named Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by the DAV. (Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016)

In 2015 he was named Veteran of the Year at the Governor's Fitness Awards in Michigan, United States of America. (Michigan Fitness Foundation YouTube channel, 27 Apr 2015; michiganfitness.org, 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied powerlifting at international level, including at the 2015 World Powerlifting Congress [WPC] World Championships in Maia, Portugal. (Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016; openpowerlifting.org, 2015; dav.org, 06 Jul 2016)
Impairment
In 2006 he was serving in the United States Army in Iraq when the military vehicle he was travelling in was struck by a roadside bomb. His left leg and left shoulder were injured in the blast. After undergoing 18 surgical procedures in an attempt to save his leg, the limb was amputated above the knee in 2013. (homesforwoundedwarriors.com, 01 Aug 2020; Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016)
Other information
MILITARY SERVICE
He was born in an army hospital into a military family. At age five his mother left and five years later his father was sent to prison, after which he and his sister went to live in a military orphanage. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 22 as an infantryman, but was medically discharged after sustaining a knee injury on an obstacle course. He returned to service with the United States Army after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. "I couldn't just sit at my cushy job and do nothing. I kept trying to re-enlist in the Marines, but they wouldn't let me because of my injury. But an Army prior service recruiter overheard one of the telephone conversations I was having and said he could get me in. I ended up down in Fort Benning, Georgia. And then right after airborne school I went ahead and joined my unit and immediately received my orders to deploy to Iraq." After being injured in Iraq in 2006, he initially became a tank mechanic in order to stay in the army, but was medically retired in 2009. (homesforwoundedwarriors.com, 01 Aug 2020; Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016; dav.org, 06 Jul 2016; lansingstatejournal.com, 02 Aug 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in social work at Michigan State University. He is also a certified peer support specialist, and has counselled other veterans and amputees suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. "I look at it like this, I served my country and came home, and people helped me, so therefore I need to help other people." (Disabled American Veterans YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2016; homesforwoundedwarriors.com, 01 Aug 2020; dav.org, 06 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2021 97kg 192.0