In 1996, Rob Walton was a highly sought after
seven goal polo player when he had a tragic polo accident
while playing professionally in Malaysia. He became a quadriplegic
when he sustained a C-4 complete spinal cord injury after
being thrown from his horse. He was rushed to Singapore after
his accident and stabilized enough so he could fly to San
Francisco for emergency surgery.
Then the long process of rehabilitation started.
Through hard work and dedication, he has regained some mobility
and feeling in his right arm and minimal mobility in his left.
He is very active and involved with studies regarding spinal
cord injuries. He continues to have a positive attitude toward
his situation and is hopeful for the future.
In March 2000, Rob was inducted into the USPA
Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the sport
as both a player and now, as a coach for various polo teams.
He splits his time between his coaching duties and his continued
rehabilitation, and is hopeful that a cure is in the near