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Abby Dunkin

Paralympian 2016

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New Braunfels, TX


Canyon High School (New Braunfels, Texas) ‘14 University of Texas at Arlington ‘18, Kinesiology

classification: 3.5

Despite being diagnosed at age 13 with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a brain disorder that causes abnormal pain, Dunkin grew up playing sports including basketball, track and martial arts. Midway through her junior year, complications from a rare nervous system disorder left her unable to walk and needing to use a wheelchair on a daily basis. She was re-diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic Syncope Dysautonomia with Small Fiber Neuropathy and discovered wheelchair basketball after watching videos of the 2012 Paralympic Games. A few months after, she began playing with the San Antonio ParaSport Spurs Wheelchair Basketball Team and was eventually recruited to the UT-Arlington’s Lady Movin’ Mavs where she helped the team to a national championship....Daughter of Melissa Kratsas and Steve Dunkin…Has a younger sister, Alex…Hobbies include watching Netflix, fishing, listening to music, sleeping, writing poetry and road trips…Started playing wheelchair basketball as a junior in high school…Fan of the San Antonio Spurs…Taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar…Is a second-degree black belt…Always includes a song by Elvis Presley on her pre-game playlist.
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); One-time medalist (1 gold)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, gold
  • Most recent: 2018 – 6th
  • Years of competition: 2018
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