Blindness No Obstacle For Paralympian

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 10, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM UTC

Dr. Stephanie Anne Timmer has not let her blindness get in the way of athletic success. Photo: Naperville Sun

She has dominated in both the track and field events.

Dr. Stephanie Anne Timmer’s athletic resume continues to get more impressive. The 44-year-old runner, who is legally blind, was a silver-medal winner at the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. She was awarded medals in the 1500m and 400m runs.

But she’s not limiting herself just to the track.

Timmer, from Naperville, Illinois, is now branching out to the field events. At this year’s National Championships in June, she won the shot put and took bronze in the javelin and discus.

“My javelin says ‘Please make sure throwing area is clear of people before you throw,’” Timmer said. “I can’t even see where it lands,” she joked. With these stellar performances, Timmer has secured a prestigious slot at the 2011 U.S. Parapan American Games in Mexico this November. She is only one of 16 women who was selected to go. “They don’t send you unless you have a chance to win,” she said. “Now they pay for everything — meals, uniforms, travel. I have access to coaches now. I qualify for training camps. This is awesome.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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