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Dreams of Gold at the Paralympics

Annie Carey

Annie Carey She Plays We Win

"I remember breaking my first record in both track and swimming, and getting my first place medal, when I was 8 years old"
Annie Carey, 11, Swim and Track 

She Plays We Win
She Plays We Win

How old are you & what sports do you play?
I'm 11 years old and I do swimming and running.

Can you tell us more about how you became an adaptive athlete? 
I was adopted from China when I was almost 2 years old, and I had a club foot when I was born.  After my parents brought me home and fixed my foot I still had problems with my foot working so I have to wear a brace so it will move up and down. When I was 7 I saw Oscar Pistorius run in the London Olympics and  I told my mom that I wanted to  run in the Olympics and win a Gold.  After bugging her for a month, she found a Paralympic club through the YMCA.  Now I am currently classified in both Swimming and Track & Field, and have 10 National Records.

Tell us more about your foot, and what it took to be able to compete?
I run in an Ankle Foot Orthosis or AFO, I also have a one that was made for me just for running.  It has the same technology that are in the blades that some of the runners who are amputees use. The braces make sure that my foot, which does not have the ability to move up or down, has that motion.

What would you say to other young adaptive athletes?
To keep working to get better.

What's a day to day challenge that people may not be aware of?
Finding a pair of shoes that fits, because I have two different size feet, and finding shoes 2 sizes different is super hard. 

What is your biggest goal in sports? 
To go to the Paralympics.

What is your biggest dream EVER?
To go to the paralympics and win a gold medal! 

What has sports (swimming and track) taught you that you think you'll use later in life?
Dedication and hard work

What are 3 words that describe the impact sports has had on you?
Teamwork, friendship, confidence

How do you feel when you accomplish something you never have before when racing?
Really good about myself

Who is your role model?
Alyssa Seely she just made the US Paratriathlon Team and the US Paralympic Track and Field Team. She is also is the first person I raced in both swimming and running.

What advice would you give to your 5-year-old self?
I would tell my five year old self that this a fun way to meet people with disabilities and compete in Adaptive Sports. Also, it's a fun way to win medals.

What are the top 3 qualities you have to have to succeed in your sport?
Competitive, Confident, Tough

Anything else you want to tell us about track and swimming that we may not know?
That after working out I’m super hungry, and I feel like can eat more than anyone in my whole house.

What is your greatest memory from swimming and track?
I remember breaking my first record in both track and swimming, and getting my first place medal, when I was 8 years old.

What's the latest thing you've accomplished?
My latest accomplishments have been my National Records in Track in the100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter. I also broke the Long Jump Record. And in Swimming I broke the 50 meter backstroke and freestyle record.

What are your goals for this summer?
To have fun and enjoy myself.

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