Thursday, December 03, 2009

Washington state student with disabilities to swim in Paralympic games

Chris Goodenow / For The Herald (click to enlarge)
Kayla Wheeler swims during her individual practice at Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds on Nov. 13.

A 13-year-old girl with disabilities from Washington state will compete this week in the 2009 International Paralympic Committee games in Rio de Janeiro. Kayla Wheeler, who was born without legs and with one arm, began hydrotherapy to improve her movement when she was 18 months old. Kayla says teacher Lib Rust was the first to seriously coach her. "You learn to never give up on somebody," Rust said. "You keep at it and you just keep at it and know that there are no boundaries if somebody wants to keep going." The Herald (Everett, Wash.)

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