Evan & Olivia Wilkerson Make Waves at the Paralympics

October 25th, 2018

 

We are proud to have Olivia and Evan Wilkerson represent the Granite Falls Makos in the 6th annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet in Augusta, GA on October 20-21. The Fred Lamback Meet is ​a paralympic swim meet ​open to swimmers with a psychical or intellectual impairment from all over the nation.

Paralympic wimmers are classified by a sports class based on their impairment, such as limb deficiency, visual impairment, short stature or intellectual impairment.  Evan and Olivia are both visually impaired swimmers and are currently classified in an S12 sports class.  There are three different sport classes for visually impaired swimmers, S11, S12 and S13.  Swimmers who are in an S11 sports class are almost blind or completely blind and need to swim with blackout goggles.  S12 and S13 swimmers have reduced vision but are not completely blind.

Olivia had a great swim meet achieving her personal best times in all her events she swam.  Olivia was also given the Amazing Grace Meet Award.  This award was created by McClain Hermes in honor of her swim team friend Grace, who recently passed away in December.  Olivia’s determination and optimistic attitude made her successful at the meet.

Evan also competed in multiple events during the meet and dropped time in everything he swam.  Evan swam the 50 yard Breaststroke in 49.44 seconds. Evan didn’t only have a great Breaststroke, his time also broke an American Record! Evan is now the NEW American Paralympic Record holder for the S12 classification male 50 Breaststroke event.  Evan was also less than half a second away from breaking 2 other American records!

Congratulations Evan and Olivia! You make us proud!