Oz Sanchez is no stranger to overcoming adversity. He was born in 1975 and raised in Los Angeles, California. By the time he graduated high school he was involved with drugs, gangs and street life. In 1996, Oz turned his life around following his recruitment into the Marine Corps. In the Marine Corps, Oz found himself in his natural element and quickly excelled through the ranks. Soon after graduation from boot camp, Oz discovered and grew interest in joining the Marine Corps Special Operations forces – The RECON Marine
After nearly six years with the Marines, Oz decided to transfer to the Navy to operate as a Navy Seal. In July 2001, during the time of his transfer between branches, Oz's life changed forever when he was involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, which resulted in a spinal cord injury (SCI) and the inevitable paralysis and neurological complications associated with SCI.
After the accident, the biggest fear Oz faced was how he would define himself given his new physical parameters. He worked on developing both a renewed sense of identity and a transformed perception on life.
Today Oz is a five-time world champion in the sport of handcycling under the Paralympic umbrella.
Oz recently was featured in an incredible documentary called "Unbeaten". The challenged athletes in the film come to symbolize all who are forced to come to terms with the painful reality of living with a disability.
John Register, Paralympic Silver Medalist | Inspirational Cataltyst | Change Management Expert | Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) | Author | American Long Jump Record Holder | Gulf War Veteran | Disability Rights Advocate | Amputee | and Home-made Waffle Lover. Showing businesses, military leaders and college student athletes, how to hurdle adversity and create life’s new normal.
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