Friday, May 11, 2007

Former open water star Susie Maroney Beat Cerebral Palsy Through Swimming

I endorsed this story as credible. I have seen kids with CP nearly relax their afflicted body part after getting out of a pool.
  • Susie Maroney, the Australian open water medallist who holds the fastest time ever for a double crossing of the English Channel, today revealed that she and her twin brother were born with cerebral palsy but fought the condition and won using swimming as their biggest medical weapon.
  • Now 32, Maroney told Australian reporters that she had kept the condition a secret in her youth for fear of being ridiculed.
  • "You'd be winning at a school swimming carnival but you'd still get picked on. So I've never talked about it," says the swimmer in a widely reported magazine article. [Link]
Both Susie and her brother went on to become Ironman triathletes

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