Kennett Square native Amanda McGrory will compete at this summer’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo as a member of Team USA’s track and field team, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.
This is McGrory’s fourth Paralympics. The 35-year-old will compete as T53 classification, a division of athletes with spinal cord injuries but who nonetheless have full use of their arms.
A graduate of Unionville High School, McGrory is one of the 61 athletes selected to compete in Tokyo for Team USA.
In her previous appearances at the Paralympics, McGrory has won one gold medal, three silver medals, and three bronze medals. She won most of her medals during the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, where she took gold in the 5,000 meters, silver in the marathon, and bronze medals in the 800 meters and 4×100 meter relay.
She is the first disabled athlete inducted into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame. She is also the youngest inductee ever.
McGrory was paralyzed from the waist down when she was five. She was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called transverse myelitis, but doctors never concluded how she contracted the virus.
Read more about Amanda McGrory in the Daily Local News.