Worldwide, a movement is taking place that celebrates our humanity, and the upcoming 2018 Winter Paralympics is the next great opportunity for all of us to share in it. The increasingly popular event will help change further the perception of the disabled community and what its members can do.
Born with Usher syndrome, a rare disorder that left her deaf and going blind, Becca Meyers of Timonium has blossomed into an elite para-swimmer. Last year, Meyers set two world records (200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle) and won four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships to earn a nomination for the 2015 ESPY award as Best Female Athlete with a Disability. ESPY winners will be announced July 15 on ABC.
Swimmer Connor Gioffreda, 16, who will be a junior at Dulaney High School this year, is leaving American Paralympic records ¿ and one world mark ¿ in his wake while training under the experienced eyes of coach Andrew Barranco for the Towson Merritt Athletic Swim team.
Wheelchair athletes and sisters Tatyana and Hannah McFadden are preparing to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. It's Hannah's first Paralympics, and Tatyana's third, and Tatyana is looking to make history by competing in five events, including sprints and a marathon.