Above-knee Amputee Swimmer!
Organized by: Jody Peppersack
EVENT DATE Jul 10, 2016
I just recently returned from competing at the Paralympic Trials for a chance to represent the USA at Rio during the Paralympics. While I consistently placed in the top 3 spots for all of my races, I was not selected to go. This is ok. I'm young! However, it has not deterred me from my goals, in fact, it has made my determination stronger!
Swimming is an expensive sport and I do what I can to help out my parents. Each year on my year-round team, I am required to not only pay hefty monthly fees but also to raise more than $1k! This does not include travel to regular (if traveling, they are in state) or para swimming meets (these are often out of state, if not out of the country). This coming year alone, will include a trip to Canada for example.
I've been swimming since I was 9 years old but really became dedicated to the sport when I was12. By the time I was 13, I attended the National Junior Disability Championships where I set 7 records, based on my class and my age. I have also competed in the Can-Am Championships, an annual national meet hosting swimmers from all countries. Each time at the Can-Ams, I only competed by class (not age, so I could and have competed against men in their 40s) and earned a spot in the finals each event. I am ranked in the world. In 2014, I was the 2014 Virginia Swimming Disability Swimmer of the Year.
Thank you for considering helping me. It would be amazing if my fees could be met this early. I also wouldn't mind being the beneficiary of your thoughts and prayers.
(while I am not 18, I asked my parents for help to put this on Crowdrise)