Human-ities · Performativity

Meet Matt Stutzman, The Armless Archer

On his website: My name is Matt Stutzman, The Armless Archer. I was born without arms but was blessed to have been raised by two incredible (and incredibly patient) parents who taught me long ago that impossible is a state of mind…and not one that I should chose to embrace. It’s a lesson that has served me well, and one that my wife and I are trying to pass on to our two young boys on a daily basis.

My goal is to be the best archer in the world. For a man without arms that may seem unlikely, but, indeed, where this is a will, there is a way and one thing I was definitely NOT born without was a will. I have figured out how to do a lot of things in life sans arms (see more under ‘Other Than Archery’) one of which is shoot my bow. I’ve gotten pretty good at it and am a proud member of the Para United States Archery Team. The next step in my quest to be world’s best is to stand on the medals podium next summer at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

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