|Born||May 23, 1978 (age 36)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
|Education||University of Florida|
|Notable work||Push Girls|
|Height||1.778 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Early life and career
A competitive swimmer at the time, Schaikewitz became paralyzed from the waist down "over the course of a half-day" after an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) ruptured in her spinal cord when she was 15. She went on to graduate with a degree from the University of Florida and then moved to Los Angeles where she developed a career in graphic design and branding. In 2012, she decided to return to the sport of competitive swimming after 17 years, as documented in Season 1 of the show Push Girls.
Awards and Nominations
- In 2013, Push Girls won the Critics' Choice Best Reality Series award.
- Carlson, Laurie Ann (August 23, 2013). "Wired for Interdependency: Push Girls and cyborg sexuality". Feminist Media Studies 13 (4): 754–759. doi:10.1080/14680777.2013.805591. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- "Everyone Stares". Push Girls. Season 1. Episode 1. June 4, 2012. Sundance Channel.
paralyzed me from the waist down over the course of a half-day
- Pfefferman, Naomi (June 11, 2012). "Women in wheelchairs push boundaries in real life and on TV". The Times of Israel. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- "Mia Schaikewitz". The Huffington Post. July 3, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- "Push Girls — Living Large". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- "Push Girls - Mia Schaikewitz". SundanceTV. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- "'Push Girls' Wheel Chairs Through Life And Love". Talk of the Nation. National Public Radio. June 13, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- Andrea Alonso. "Push Girls Win Big at Critic's Choice Awards". www.LAmag.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
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