Paralympians train at Kennedy Krieger



This week on Third Floor Views, we chat with Gwena and Gerry Herman about the Paralympics and the Paralympians who trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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Herman and her husband Gerry started the Bennett Institute Disabled Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger in 1989. They have seen programs for athletes with disabilities flourish over the past three decades. Starting August 24, three former athletes from their program will compete in the Paralympic Games: track and field athlete Tatyana McFadden, 17-time medalist; Daniel Romanchuk, also athletics runner; and wheelchair basketball player Ryan Neiswender. Gwena and Gerry discuss how adapted sports have developed and why everyone should tune in to this year’s Paralympic Games.

This year, the spotlight is more than ever on Paralympic athletes around the world, and for good reason. “The Paralympians put in hours, time and training,” says Coach Gwena Herman. “They are athletes like Olympians, and what they do is just as impressive as able-bodied athletes.”

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