Stockton native comes home with two Paralympics gold medals, message of hope

by Bob Highfill – the Record
   Roderick Townsend-Roberts earned two gold medals in his Paralympics debut last week in Rio de Janeiro.

The Lincoln High, San Joaquin Delta College and Boise State graduate earned gold in the men’s T47 long jump and men’s T47 high jump and set Paralympics records in both events with marks of 7.41 and 2.09 meters, respectively. Townsend, 24, sustained permanent nerve damage to his right shoulder, neck and arm at birth and last year was classified as a Paralympic athlete after competing against able-bodied athletes in football and track and field his entire life.