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WWU Alumnus and Paralympic Gold Medalist to Share His Story

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By: Rosa Jimenez

David Wagner to Speak for Nov. 19 Campus Program

Photo by Chris Drake

Paralympian David Wagner will return to his alma mater and his hometown of Walla Walla to speak for Walla Walla University’s CommUnity service, a weekly campus service.  The public is also invited to hear Wagner tell his story.

The event is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the University Church, 212 SW 4th St., College Place, Wash.

In 2012, Wagner and his doubles partner, Nick Taylor, won gold medals in the Quad Doubles Wheelchair tennis match at the London Paralympic Games. Their win gave the athletes their third consecutive gold medal win in the Paralympic Quad doubles.
 
Wagner also competed in wheelchair quad singles, earning a silver medal.
 
The London games were the third Paralympics event Wagner has competed in. Between the games in Athens (2004) and China (2008), Wagner has won two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in singles and doubles.

Wagner was introduced to the sport in 1999, when he first attended a tennis camp. He soon began competing in amateur division matches, and played his first professional level open tournament in 2001. He has been playing professionally since 2002.

Wagner, a 2000 education graduate, was in college when he suffered from a spinal cord injury.

Currently, Wagner lives at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., where he is training to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.                                                                                                                   
Wagner and his family lived in Walla Walla from 1986 to 2000. He attended Rogers Elementary School and Walla Walla High School.

Published Thursday, Nov. 14


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