Anthony Robles delivered a moving keynote address at the convention opening ceremonies on Thursday, the youngest person, at 24, to deliver a national convention keynote speech.
On July 20, 1988, the doctors were not prepared when Judy Robles gave birth to a baby boy who was missing his right leg. The doctors could not explain what went wrong or why the leg was missing. Judy, however, believed that God made the baby this way for a reason. That baby is Anthony Robles.
Anthony believed what his mother told him, and he finally realized what that reason was when, at the age of 14, he joined the wrestling team in Mesa, Ariz. He finished his first year with a 5-8 record and in last place at the Mesa City wrestling tournament. Not many people believed that a tiny kid born with one leg, the worst wrestler in the city, would ever excel in such a demanding sport. However, with the support of family and coaches, Anthony believed he could one day be a champion wrestler; he believed that he could be unstoppable.
“My mom raised me with my head in the clouds, so I believed I could do anything I set my mind to,” Anthony said. “This way of thinking compelled me to walk onto the Arizona State University wrestling team to prove to them, and the world, anything was possible.”
Through trials and hardships, both on and off the wrestling mat, Anthony finished as a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA National Champion. Although his competitive days on the mat are over, Anthony Robles continues to wrestle the opponents life brings his way, all the while believing that he is unstoppable.
Watch Anthony Robles' powerful keynote address below.