Oneonta native Bryan Kirkland is a gold medal US Paralympian. He was a member of the 2000 and 2008 gold medal teams in wheelchair rugby and won bronze in 2004. Kirkland played wheelchair rugby for 18 years, winning five national championships. He also medaled in three different events at the 1998 World Wheelchair Games and was named the United States Quad Rugby Association athlete of the year in 2003. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of fame in 2012.