United States Department of Veterans Affairs

2011 Local Athlete Profile


Roberta Bell

62 Years old
Army and Air Force Veteran
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Thrilled" is how Pittsburgh native Roberta Bell says she feels about participating in the Wheelchair Games taking place in her hometown this year. Bell served her country in the Army Reserves for three years and in the Air Force Reserves for ten years. Bell says she grew up in Pittsburgh and wholeheartedly believes it to be the "friendliest city on earth." She is looking forward to sharing Pittsburgh with the friends she has made while participating in the Games throughout the past five years. "Every city has a certain flavor, but Pittsburgh by far is the best! Nowhere else will you go down the street and be greeted with a "Hello" or "How are yinz today?"

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while serving in the Army Reserves so many years ago, Roberta as well as her physician considers her case a miracle. The fact that she can still walk a bit will never be taken for granted. Nor will the love that she has for her son and granddaughter. Even though they don’t live as close as she wishes, they are her inspiration.

Roberta will be competing this year in bowling which she has been practicing for and is very excited to have had some practice with the ramps used for the alleys. She will also be competing in the 100, 200 and 400 meter track events, which she is assured that she will "be taking home the gold.” You can hear the smile in her voice when she describes her training as "rolling around and lifting weights."

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