During the 2015 Parapan Am Games held recently in Toronto, I got to interview another first-time para-athlete, Anne Fergusson. She is a 19-year-old sitting volleyball competitor originally from Smiths Falls, Ontario. Born without a left hand, she has been passionate about sports and has competed in volleyball since high school. She was involved in other sports, however sitting volleyball is her specialty.
When I asked her what it felt like to be making her national debut at Parapan, she said:
“Absolutely amazing… It’s a great group of girls and it’s been an incredible experience.”
She also said it was exciting to make her national team debut on home soil. Her goal is to make the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, while juggling her engineering studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Fergusson and her team won bronze when they defeated Cuba 3-0. Before the bronze medal game was played, I asked her to pick a personal favourite Parapan Am moment.
“I think my favourite moments have definitely been coming out as a team. This group of girls have definitely worked hard together… it has been really special.”
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