Rob Hughes, the new transportation co-ordinator at Lambton Elderly Outreach, with CEO Bill Yurchuk. Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson
Sarnia’s Rob Hughes knows a thing or two about challenges.
For 18 years he was a full-time para-athlete, training and travelling the world to compete in the Paralympics, Para PanAmerican games and Cerebral Palsy World Championships.
He won medals in shut putt, discus and javelin and set Canadian records that still stand.
But nothing in the sporting world prepared him for the challenges and disappointments of searching for a meaningful job after he left sport.
“I put 200 resumes out since college and only had a few interviews,” he said. “And I knew as soon as I met the employer at those interviews that they weren’t going to hire me.
“You just know.  They look at you in your wheelchair and can’t see that you’re smart and competent.”
Hughes, 34, retired from athletics in August of 2016. By that time he’d earned college diplomas in e-commerce at Sheridan and in sports and rec administration at …
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