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I am an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. I strive for athletic excellence and leading a life filled with integrity. I am the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and hold two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. I had the honor of representing Team USA in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games! I am currently recovering from surgery. I had some significant setbacks, but hope to make a full recovery and start training again! Thanks for following me on this incredible journey!

I appreciate your support.
— Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.


Day 5 - Happy Days

I’ve been told that doctoral students aren’t supposed to try to change the world, at least not with their dissertation, but I’ve never been one who likes traditional rules—and I am changing the world every second I am here. The examples are transformational on so many levels, for them, for me, for the bystanders who gather around to watch and ask questions, for the country of Ghana, for world. The woman who was shunned from her village and her family because of her disability--- was exposed to sport and now is the breadwinner in the family, and her family talks to her.

Day 4 - Spirit of Adventure

We piled into Alan & Patsy’s van, they are the two missionaries here with Joni & Friends who Jean has worked with in the past.

Abbreviated Day 3 & 4 Thoughts

We were reflecting tonight on how jam packed our days are, when they start at 5am and you go until about 1am, you fit an awful lot in!!

I don’t have time to do a complete blog tonight, because it is 12:10am and we are leaving at 5am, because WE FINALLY GOT THE EQUIPMENT OUT OF CUSTOMS TODAY!!!!!! Very late tonight we got it out, and so none of the racing chairs have been assembled or anything, so we need to get an early start so that the equipment can all be ready to go by the time the athletes arrive for the 630am training session.

If you build it, they will come.

“If you build it, they will come” is a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time, Field of Dreams. This statement will make sense by the time you get to the end of my blog today. Before I get to that story, however, I will begin with the highlights from the training session from this morning.

Travel & Day 1 in Ghana

Travel & Day 1