Name: Melissa Stockwell
Military Branch: Army
Disability: Above the knee amputee
Adaptive Sport: Paratriathlon
Training Regimen: "Swim, bike, run! Six to twelve hours a week depending on the week."
Competitions: Nautica NYC National Championships Triathlon; World Championships in Beijing, China.
How did you get involved in adaptive sports: "With the help of organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, I was urged out of my hospital room to participate in activities and sports I never dreamed of doing with one leg. I caught the athletic bug early on as I loved the feeling of crossing the finish line or seeing my times improve."
How adaptive sports changed your life: "Sports have helped me feel more alive than I ever did with two legs. I feel more confident that I can do anything I put my mind to, with one leg or two. Participating in sports has become a way of life for me and I hope to continue for many years to come."
Melissa participates in sports for: Fun, health and fitness and competition.
Fun fact: Melissa loves country music and is addicted to Chapstick. She carries at least three with her at all times.