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Kinesiology Freshman Named Paralympian of the Year

Raymond Martin

Raymond Martin, who plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy after completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in 2016, was named Paralympic SportsMan of the Year by United States Olympic Committee. Ray won four gold medals during the Paralympic Games in London, taking first place in the 100-, 200-, 400-, and 800-meter track events for the T52 wheelchair class. Wheelchair racers are classified by their mobility, from T51 (least mobile) to T54 (most mobile).

A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Ray began racing at the age of 5. He was a member of the North Jersey Navigators, a competitive adaptive sports team, and had trained for the London Games since 2010. At the Paralympic trials in Indianapolis, he set a world record in the T52 200-meter race, finishing in 30.18 seconds. He also holds the American records in his class for the 400- and 800-meter events.

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