UNITED STATES BLIND POWERLIFTING

Colby Colchado Jr

     Born hard of hearing  in Kingsville, Texas and raised in Bakersfield, California, Cody attended Nobel and Hort Elementary, Chipman Jr. High, and attended  Garces High School for 2 years, but graduated from Foothill High School in 1982. While playing football for Foothill High, Cody incurred an injury which left him visually impaired and later totally blind. In the 1990’s he attended Bakersfield college where he also worked as a teacher’s assistant to Cathy Moretti in the adaptive PE class and was also a strength and conditioning coach to the woman’s basketball team under coach Paula Dahl. While at BC, he served as a senator on the BC student body Council for students with disabilities. After the death of his father in law, he transferred to the University of Texas at Pan American where he earned  a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Literature and a  Masters Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in adaptive physical education from the University Of Texas Pan American. He was a recipient of the Who’s Who among collages and University Award in 2003, was on the Chancellors’ list, the Dean’s List and received the UTPA Dean’s List Award. Recently in 2013, he was chosen as one of the one hundred stars for Bakersfield College for their 100 years celebration. As a lifetime member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Cody is a three time national champion in track and field, and  a 29 time  world champion in Power-lifting for the able body and disabled division. He also holds 21 world records in the squat,  bench press, dead lift and total for IBSA, IBPF, WABDL, WPA, and USAPL and has earned 12 best lifter awards. He has is a red belt in Tae kwon-Do and has won a  national championship in board breaking.  In November 2012, he was inducted into the World Association Benchers and Deadlifters Hall of Fame.
      He has represented our country 8 times as part of Team USA for the United States Association of Blind Athletes. He has been a Team USA assistance coach for 8 years and a Team Captain 4 times. He was also a flag bearer for the opening ceremonies twice. Cody was one of 20 disabled athletes  featured in a book entitled, Running Through Roadblocks, that focused on these athletes triumphs despite their disabilities. Cody has also had the privileged of speaking at the Helen Keller National Center twice, in Long Island, NY.  He has also spoken to other handicapped individuals though the Deaf blind Project and Camp Abilities where has been a mentor and coach to the blind youth. For 20 years,  he has been a coach and speaker at the  Optimist Club Jr. Blind of America Braille Olympics which is held in Los Angles. He is the son of Cody and Lupe Colchado Sr. and brother of Pattie Yee  who currently reside in Bakersfield. Cody lives in San Manuel, Texas with his wife, Jolee and their children, Tabatha and Cody III. Cody’s passion is to help encourage those who are going through adversity.  “Let your adversity make you stronger instead of weaker, and let your character be built through courage and tenacity”