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Anthony Robles from Mesa, Arizona was born with no right leg. He was given a prosthetic leg and at the age of 3 he removed the prosthetic leg and has never put one back on. When he was 12, he set a record at his local elementary school for the most push-ups completed by any member of the school. “I really don’t see missing my leg as a handicap. My parents raised me strong and they didn’t give me any special treatment.” He worked very hard to do different exercises to keep his body strong.
Anthony’s interest in wrestling grew as he watched and studied his cousin competing in matches. Anthony decided to begin wrestling in the 8th grade. Anthony became an avid wrestler and finished the 2011 season with a perfect record of 36-0 and went on to win the NCAA championship in the 125 pound weight class. “I believe I can do anything I set my mind to and wrestling is something I enjoy, I love it and I’m just trying to be best at it.”
Robles has verbalized that he has a strong desire to be a motivational speaker specifically those with a similar disability. “I wrestle because I love wrestling. But it inspires me when I get kids, even adults who write me saying that I’ve inspired them, and they look up to me, and they’re motivated to do things that other people wouldn’t have thought possible.”
I think Anthony can be a motivation for anyone, irregardless if they have a disability. Anthony’s success has shown that he has extremely high perseverance and nothing can bring him down. People like Anthony did not choose to be such an inspiration to individuals. Anthony was born with no right leg, and he just wanted to be a good wrestler, so he did what every “normal” person has to do. Have a goal, set their mind to it, and give it everything they have. He allowed himself to become able to do whatever it is he set his mind to accomplish.