Swimming is a sport for everyone. It's not only about the swimmers going to Olympic Trials or setting records. It's also for the swimmer who swam a legal breast stroke after four attempts or the 8 year old that finally breaks the one minute barrier ...
Swimming is a sport for everyone. Â Itâ€™s not only about the swimmers going to Olympic Trials or setting records. Â Itâ€™s also forÂ the swimmer who swam a legal breast stroke after four attemptsÂ orÂ the 8 year old that finally breaks the one minute barrier.
One of the missions we have at Reach For The wall is to recognize swimmers of all levels and abilities. Â This week we would like to feature one of our MCSL swimmers, MaiMai Abouraya. Â MaiMai has DiGeorge Syndrome, also known as 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome. Â It comes with a myriad of severe health and behavior problems, and while the spectrum of health issues can vary widely, it is a condition that affects every aspect of their lives. Â MaiMai started on the pre-team at age 4, and while determination kept her in the water for practice over the last three seasons, severe anxiety kept her out of the meets. Â At the end of last summer, she swam her first race, after gaining permission from the coaches to have older kids in the water withÂ her while she swam. Â It was a very emotional experience for all those on deck at Germantown last season to witness. Â Fast forward one year to a â€œBâ€ meet at Darnestown where last week the 7 year old Mai Mai Â broke 30 seconds in 25 free and swam a legal fly.
She is an inspiration to all those that know her for her determination, perseverance and that she â€œJust Keeps Swimmingâ€¦.â€
We want to hear more about swimmers who inspire â€“ whether it is your own or one you know. Â Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your tale of inspiration.
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