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Patricia Walsh

Paralympian 2016

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Austin, TX


Snohomish Senior High School Oregon State University

Name: Patricia Walsh
Sport: Paratriathlon
Classification: PT5
Height: 5'4"
Birthdate: Jan. 15, 1981
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Wash.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current Residence: Austin, Texas
High School: Snohomish Senior High School
College: Oregon State University
Guide: Jessica Jones Meyers

Career Highlights
2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event bronze medalist
Five-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event Champion (2015: Detroit; 2014: Magog, Chicago; 2013: San Diego; 2012: Edmonton)
Three-time CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champion (2015, 2014, 2013)
Five-time USA National Champion (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)
Two-time ITU World Championship bronze medalist (2012, 2011)
2012 USA Triathlon Paratriathlete of the Year
2011 IRONMAN Texas (set the world record for blind and low vision athletes male and female)
2010 IRONMAN Lake Placid finisher (first blind female to finish with a female guide in history)

Daughter of John Walsh • Siblings include; Jennifer Walsh, Caitlin Richardson and Glen John • Dog: Camillionairre Caboom (Camilla) • Holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a master's degree in Executive Leadership • Lost her vision at the age of 14 as a result of a pediatric brain tumor and complications from surgery • Founded Blind Ambition Speaking and helps others overcome their visual impairments • Worked as a software engineer at Microsoft for six years • Published her autobiography, "Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential and Achieve the Success You Want," in 2014

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