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Ironman Visits STC
Thursday, 25 February 2010

February 25-- The Southeastern Technical College Student Services Division sponsored an event with double-amputee world-record holder, marathon and Ironman Triathlon athlete, Scott Rigsby.

ImageAfter a 3-ton trailer dragged him 300 feet along a road in rural Georgia, Scott Rigsby’s life took an unexpected turn. Scheduled to go off to college after the summer, the 18-year-old Rigsby lost both legs in the accident.   After 26 surgeries, he battled his way back from depression and addiction to achieve the unthinkable—become the first double-leg amputee ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world’s most grueling and prestigious competition, the Ironman Triathlon.  Rigsby became the first double-amputee on prosthetics to finish the Ironman at the 140.6-mile world championship in Hawaii.  Scott has since become an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of physically challenged and able-bodied athletes the world over.

Scott grew up in Georgia, where he still makes his home today. He is the founder of The Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia–based nonprofit organization that exists to inspire and support challenged athletes. Scott has delivered keynote speeches for civic organizations, Fortune 1000 companies and schools across the country, and in 2008 was named World Vision's Advocate for Children with Disabilities. His story has been chronicled in Runner's World, Sports Illustrated, and on FOX, CNN and NBC news.  Scott’s new book, “Unthinkable” documents his remarkable journey.

“It is impossible to hear Scott speak and not be motivated. His is a story of character development and inner growth,” said Dr. Barry Dotson, Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern Tech.  “The obstacles that he overcame to become the world’s first double-amputee to complete an Iron Man Triathlon were incredible. I think everyone who attended this session came away inspired to be a better person.”

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