Paralympian Eric Newby on his journey to the Olympics

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Paralympian Eric Newby stopped in the FOX 2 gym to talk about the Olympics in Rio. Newby represented USA in Rio on the number-one world ranked wheelchair rugby team. Team USA competed against the top seven teams in the world in addition to the host country, Brazil.

Knowing I was selected to represent USA is such a surreal feeling,’ says Newby. ‘It`s something I have wanted for a long time now, and to hear the coaches tell me I`m heading to Rio is something I will never forget.’

The road to Rio was a wavering journey. Newby`s perseverance pushed boundaries for him physically. For the past two years, Newby has battled a shoulder injury and rejected a crucial surgery—and he doesn`t regret it.

I had my dream within reach and I was not ready to give up,’ he says.

Eric Newby is an Art Director at Stealth Creative, an advertising agency in St. Louis.

What Eric had to say about Stealth Creative:

‘I can`t even begin to describe how grateful I am to have the support of Stealth Creative. Without them I would not be where I am today. They have been so accepting and willing to help since day one.’

Watch the interview to hear more of Eric Newby’s journey to the Olympics and about the people who supported him on his journey there.