From staff reports
MILLEDGEVILLE — Later this month, Milledgeville's Bob Ewing will most likely be prepping some of the best wheelchair athletes in the world for the 2012 London Paralympics, which will be held in the Olympic Stadium.
Ewing, a United States assistant coach and mechanic, will work specifically with the track and field wheelchair athletes, assisting them in their preparations for the games.
As coach and mechanic for the U.S. Paralympic teams, Ewing has had the opportunity to travel all over the world helping world-class athletes.
“I’ve been to Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Guadalajara [Mexico], Canada, and this time London,” he said. “Potentially I’ll get to go to Rio [Brazil] for 2016. I like to travel and I like just being able to go and see all the stuff and help these guys out.”
While his trip to London will most likely not include a lot of sight-seeing, Ewing admits there are a few sights he looks forward to seeing.
“I’m going there to help athletes, but it’ll be cool to walk in that stadium and I really want to see the London Bridge,” he said.
At the end of the day, Ewing, a business owner — co-owner of Amici — and volunteer coach, believes it is all for the athletes, and he looks forward to experiencing world-class competition in London.
“It’s obviously the athletes,” he said. “Knowing that you met these people, again these people are winning gold for your country, and getting to walk into the stadium with these athletes during the opening ceremonies, it’s huge. That’s something most people never get to experience.”
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