Travis Gaertner was born without his left leg and half his right leg but he has fully adopted an active lifestyle. He has qualified for the 2019 World Championships to be held this September in The Netherlands.
He has partnered with SCIFIT to share his story and inspire the world to be more active. He needs your help. Check out the first 2 of 4 videos they created and join the team by clicking DONATE above to help fill the funding gap standing in the way of his dreams!
Travis was born without his lower limbs but has never let that set him back. He is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and is now pursuing a path to compete again at the highest level, 16 years later!
Imagine towing cars with your wheelchair to gain explosive speed and completing 3-mile workouts through unplowed snow to acquire balance in your wheelchair. Those were just some of the things that led Travis to serve as captain of the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team, joining the National Wheelchair Basketball Team right out of high school, and becoming a two-time gold medalist in wheelchair basketball in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and the Athens 2004 Paralympics.
These days four AM wake-up calls to cycle in dark frosty 30 degrees weather, V02 max intervals in the pouring pacific northwest rain, and 3-hour sessions on a SCIFIT upper body ergometer are some of the strategies Travis is pursuing weekly gains in handcycling to pursuit the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games! Take a look:
Travis Gaertner recently became the USA national champion in both the Time Trial and Road Race and finished in the top 6 in the world at the 2019 UCI Para-Cycling World Cup! To support Travis’s Journey CLICK HERE!
Travis grew up watching NBA hall of famer Bill Walton and now he’s Travis’ newest fan! Here’s Bill’s take:
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Watch the video below and hear from Travis about why this is so important to him:
There are relatively few disabled athletes competing at this level – that makes this harder:
Why do it if it were easy? Accountability for daily pain is the game:
Check out the history of the hand cycle: UCI’s History of the Handcycle
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13