Feb 27, 2016 10:12 AM ET

Archived: KIRSTIE KASKO: a Paralympic Swimmer making a bid for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 27, 2016

I am a Paralympic Swimmer making a bid for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. I am classified as an S14 (Swimmer with an Intellectual Disability). I won 2 gold medals at the 2011 Para Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, a bronze medal at the Global Games in Liguria, Italy (2011) and competed for Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. From there I competed at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal and then in April 2014 I blacked out in practice and was diagnosed with heart block. After receiving a pacemaker implant and resuming training I blacked out once again in the pool and this time was diagnosed epileptic. I competed for Canada at the 2015 Para Pan Am Games and won 3 silvers and a bronze medal. On medication and seizure free I am looking for support to help pay coaching/lane rental and travel expenses to attend the 2016 Paralympic Trials in Toronto and beyond. I am training by myself with the help of my mom, the Okotoks Masters Swim Club coaches and private coaching and have spent most of my savings on private coaching, lane rental and travel to major competitions.

I am raising money to pay for private coaching, personal training, lane rental and expenses incurred in travelling to major competitions as I prepare for and compete in Paralympic Trials in Toronto in April, 2016 and beyond.

I have volunteered teaching swim lessons at the Okotoks Recreation Centre, and have given speeches at schools about my Paralympic experience. I have also attended a special “fun day” for some of the younger swimmers at the Foothills Stingrays Swim Club where I held some swim races and handed prizes from various swim meets I have attended. I have also donated some of my Swim Canada team shirts to be given out as prizes to swimmers in the local area.

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