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October 13, 2021 78 min

Rob Balucas is an elite para-triathlete who has qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona in the fall of 2022. He plans to compete in his first full-length at the Ironman California this October in Sacramento. Rob was born in Fresno, California, but raised in Seattle, Washington. He earned his black belt in karate at the age of 14. He attended Pepperdine University and currently owns a creative boutique agency. In his early 30’s he began training for triathlons in the bay area. One afternoon while training, he crashed cycling on a notorious curve and broke his spinal cord. He quickly figured out how to continue his love for triathlons as a paraplegic. You can follow Rob’s journey on Instagram – robbalucas, Twitter - @robbalucas, Facebook – Rob Balucas, and at

Sports Saved My Life is produced by Angel City Sports
Clayton Frech is the Executive Producer
Dave Pantano is the Producer and Editor
Mackenzie Soldan is in charge of Marketing
Tony Memmel wrote and performed the theme song

About Angel City Sports

Angel City Sports provides free, year-round adaptive sport clinics, equipment, and competitive opportunities for kids, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities or visual impairments. Angel City Sports’ flagship event, the annual Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, debuted in 2015 and is now the largest multi-sport Paralympic competition in the U.S. for kids, adults, and veterans. Participants include, but are not limited to, individuals with limb differences and amputation, spinal cord injury, quadriplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, blindness or visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, stroke, muscular dystrophy, and dwarfism or short stature. Ultimately, Angel City Sports is working to create a community and sense of belonging for people with physical disabilities, supporting them to reach their full potential and unlock their dreams through its programming in sport, the arts, health and wellness, higher education, career opportunities, and personal development. To learn more, please visit and follow @angelcitysports on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked-in, and YouTube. 

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