My name is Garrison Redd I am from Brooklyn, New York. I am a TEDx Speaker, Team USA Paralympic powerlifter, model, and most of all an advocate for disabled rights. In February of 2019, I was selected to Team USA to represent the country in the sport of Para-Powerlifting. I am the first individual to ever be selected from New York City. Weighing 125 pounds I have lifted over 300 pounds in national competitions. Some of the international competitions I will be competing in this summer for 2019 are the World Championships being held in Kazakhstan as well as the Parapan Games being held in Lima Peru and in 2020 I will be competing in the World Championships in Dubai. These three international competitions are my first steps towards qualifying for the Olympic/Paralympic games taken place in Tokyo in 2020. I am projected to do very well, I was told "I have a lot of potential" by the Team USA performance manager. Going into my senior year at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, I was outside on an ordinary summer night, when I was shot in my back. The bullet burned the nerves surrounding the t12 section of my spine, which left me unable to walk. Instead of feeling sorry for myself or depressed, I decided to triumph through the fate of adversity. Most people would’ve felt that their life was coming to an end however, I felt like my life was just beginning. At 17 years old after this catastrophic injury had occurred to me, I wasn’t discouraged, because it made me into a different man. It made me think about the bigger picture. It made me think that maybe I was put here to inspire everyone from the youth to the elderly, which I am now on a journey to achieve. The cost to travel is not covered by the national team due to the fact I am an emerging athlete.