LEWISVILLE, TEXAS -- Ethan and Gavin Morrobel, members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim teams, competed in the Paralympic National Para-Swim Championships in Texas last week. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, promotes excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
Ethan, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, won the 50 Free and 100 Butterfly, and in the process, he set an American Para Swim record in the 100 fly for his classification.
"It feels incredible to be able to compete at that level and experience success," Ethan told TAPintoSPF.
Gavin, a sophomore at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, won the 50 and 100 Backstroke, setting an American Para Swim record in the 100 Back for his classification.
'It was one of the most fun and exciting experiences of my life, competing and meeting Paralympic athletes," Gavin said.
The boys are involved in the Children's Specialized Hospital's Children's Lightning Wheels PSC, an athletic team for individuals ages 7-22 who have a primary diagnosis of a physical disability. The team competes at local, regional and national level meets in track, field, swimming, archery and powerlifting. Several of the athletes have gone on to represent the US at the World Games and Paralympics in track and swimming.
The Morrobel brothers are national spokespeople for Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by partial or total hearing loss and vision loss that worsens over time, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
Presently, there is no cure for Usher syndrome. Treatment involves managing hearing, vision, and balance problems. Early diagnosis helps tailor educational programs that consider the severity of hearing and vision loss and a child’s age and ability. Treatment and communication services may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, auditory (hearing) training, and/or learning American Sign Language. (source: NIDCD)
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