Armless Archer Excited for Paralympics
DES MOINES — The Paralympics are set to start on August 29 in London. One competitor is excited for the games to get under way!
Matt Stutzman is on the U.S. Paralympic Archery team. The father of three says he won’t let being armeless stop him from chasing his dream as he heads to London for the games.
“There’s three parts of my face I need the strings to touch at all times. My nose, the corner of my mouth and on the bottom of my chin,” Stutzman said.
Family members say Stutzman never saw himself as different. His flawless skills helped land him on the U.S. team.
“Matt never knew he was handicapped because he was born without arms, so from the get-go, he thought he could do what everybody else could,” said Glenda Yoder, Stutzman’s cousin.
Stutzman says he’s excited to participate in the Paralympics and he’s glad he can offer others some inspiration.
“I realize this is not about me anymore. It’s about those people who’ve come, John Doe, who’s come up to me and said, ‘Hey, Good luck’, you know. ‘Do well over there,’” he said.
The archery competitor says he’s already visualizing his Gold Medal Match. If that happens it will be scheduled for September 3.