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Rob Jones

Trunk and Arms Double Sculls

Birthplace: Columbia, Md.
Hometown: Lovettsville, Va.
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
Club Affiliation: Louisville Adaptive Rowing Club
Began Rowing: March, 2011
Birthdate: 9/7/85
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 165
High School: Loudoun Valley High School
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech, Interdisciplinary Studies, May 2007
Training Location: Orlando, Fla.
Current Coaches: Bradley Lewis, Justin Lednar, Rob MacDonald
Years on National Team: Two – 2012-13, Senior

International Results: Finished fourth in the trunk and arms double sculls at the 2013 World Para-Rowing Championships...Won bronze in the trunk and arms double sculls at the 2012 Paralympic Games...Won the trunk and arms double sculls at the 2012 Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta.

National Results: Won the trunk and arms double sculls at the 2013 Para-Rowing World Championships Trials…Won the trunk and arms double sculls at the 2012 Non-Qualified Paralympic Trials.

Personal: Jones was named USRowing's Man of the Year in 2012...He and Paralympic teammate Oksana Masters received the Isabel Bohn Award for Achievement in Adaptive Rowing in 2012... Jones enjoys reading, biking and stand-up comedy…He lists his most memorable sporting achievement as finishing the Nation’s Triathlon and winning the trunk and arms double sculls at the Non-Qualified Paralympic Trials… Jones is a U.S. Marine Sergeant who became a bilateral above knee amputee in July of 2010 while serving in Afghanistan…He chose rowing because it has a combination of ferocious effort harmonized with delicate technique that other sports don’t have…The most influential people in his sporting career are Mark Twight and Rob MacDonald because “they set an example of hard work that is worthy of emulation and always strive to improve themselves, and push others to improve themselves as well, whether it is physically, mentally, or as a man. They showed me that one can only improve by first being honest, and then by working hard”… Jones lists his personal hero as Cal Ripken, Jr.