Editor’s note: This is part one in a two-part series about local Paralympians. Next week, we will report on Jarryd Wallace, who earned a bronze medal.
MeiMei White, a 17-year-old Para Swimming World Series gold medalist who was born with a birth defect that required amputating her right leg at 2-years-old, became a Paralympian on Aug. 25 in Tokyo, Japan.
She swam the 100-meter breaststroke for the SB8 classification, finishing the race in 1 minute, 32.83 seconds.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was 8,” White said. “To be there was very surreal, very exciting. And I’m a Paralympian now. It’s so weird to say that now, but it’s super exciting.”
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