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Ironman Champion to Give Motivational Talk at Lasell

March 24, 2014

Jason Fowler, 2009 Ironman Champion and professional competitive athlete who is partially paralyzed, will speak to the Lasell community about overcoming obstacles and perseverance on Thursday, March 27.

Fowler, who became paralyzed from the chest down following an accident as a teenager, will speak to the community on Thursday from 12:30- 1:30 pm at de Witt Hall and a reception will follow. The event is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life and the Office of Residential Life.

Fowler grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts and was a nationally ranked amateur motor cross racer by age 10. At the age of 17 he became paralyzed from the chest down, after colliding with a rock while riding his motorcycle. Since his accident, he has completed over 150 road races, 30 marathons, and 29 triathlons, all with the use of his arms. He won the Ironman World Championships in 2009 in Hawaii and recently won the 2012, 70.3 Half Ironman World Championship in Las Vegas.

He competed last spring in the 2013 Boston Marathon and will race again this year.

Fowler works as a medical device consultant for Medtronic, serving the Greater Boston Area. He also volunteers his time to encourage physically injured children and adults to enter into the world of athletics. He also trains and motivates aspiring able-bodied athletes.

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