Anjali Forber-Pratt

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Anjali Forber-Pratt
Anjali Forber-Pratt at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.png
Anjali Forber-Pratt at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1984-06-22) June 22, 1984 (age 33)
Kolkata, India
Residence Natick, Massachusetts, USA
Sport
Disability class T53
Coached by Adam Bleakney

Anjali Forber-Pratt (born June 22, 1984) is an American wheelchair racer who competes in sprint events at the Paralympic level.

Born in Kolkata, India and abandoned by her mother, Forber-Pratt was adopted by Lawrence Pratt and Rosalind Forber when she was two and a half months old. Raised in Natick, Massachusetts, Forber-Pratt was diagnosed with transverse myelitis when she was four-and-a-half months old; the disorder left her paralyzed from the waist, down.[1] Forber-Pratt began racing at the national level in 1993 with an appearance at the Junior National Wheelchair Games, and went on to compete at the games three more times—in 1996, 1998, and 2003—winning a total of four gold, six silver, and two bronze medals.[2] She is currently the World Record [3] and American Record holder in the 200-meter.[4] As a student at Natick High School, Forber-Pratt also competed in downhill skiing before graduating in 2002.[1][2]

Forber-Pratt is a three-time graduate from the University of Illinois and is an alumni member of the school's wheelchair track and field team.[1] She has received a bachelor's and master's degree [2] in Speech Language Pathology from Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Education in May 2012.[5]

Her first major international competition was the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro,[1] where she won two gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter races and a bronze in the 400-meter.[2] At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, she won a bronze medal in the 400-meter T53 event with a personal best time of 56.79 seconds[6] and another bronze in the 4×100-meter relay T53–T54. She also competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter in Beijing, finishing sixth and fourth, respectively. She competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London on Team USA in the 100m, 200m and 400m T53 events.

Forber-Pratt is a Board member of the Transverse Myelitis Association.[7] The Transverse Myelitis Association is a not-for-profit international foundation dedicated to the support of children, adolescents, and adults with a spectrum of rare neuro-immune disorders including: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD), Optic Neuritis (ON) and Transverse Myelitis (TM), including Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). It was founded in 1994 by family members and individuals with these diagnoses and provides education, outreach and access to a clinical care network for these rare conditions. Forber-Pratt was a Board Member of Disabled Sports USA for many years. Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is an organization that provides opportunities for more than 60,000 youth, wounded warriors, and adults with disabilities each year to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in disabled sports.[8] Forber-Pratt

Forber-Pratt is also a disability advocate, and in 2002 was involved in a legal battle with her high school, fighting for equal access to education for students with disabilities. She is currently an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Human & Organizational Development.[9]

In August 2017, Forber-Pratt received the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development in recognition of her community service efforts and work with youth.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Breitrose, Charlie (July 3, 2008). "She is among the elite". Natick Bulletin and Tab. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Anjali Forber-Pratt". United States Olympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "IPC Athletics Records". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Records fall on day two". United States Olympic Committee. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Amazing Anjali Forber-Pratt Continues to Amaze ... That's Doctor Anjali". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ Bourgeois, Beth (September 10, 2008). "Three Medals for U.S. Track & Field Team; Jamison and Galli Win Gold, Forber-Pratt Comes Away with Bronze". United States Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  7. ^ TMA website[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Disabled Sports USA website = Board Members Archived January 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Anjali Forber-Pratt". Vanderbilt University. 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Ten Athletes Selected to Receive The Foundation for Global Sports Development's 2017 Athletes in Excellence Award". aroundtherings.com. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 

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