A Champion in Athletics and Life at the WIB Luncheon
Grace, who is also a freshman student at Cedarville University pursuing a degree in nursing, shares her story at the Luncheon at 11:30 Thursday, January 5 at the Xenia YMCA. Sweets Boutique will cater the event.
In 2016, the former Legacy Christian High School graduate (formerly Xenia Christian) captured the hearts of Americans across the nation by winning the Paralympic's Triathlon in Rio, followed by a bronze finish in the 400 meter race. Prior to the Paralympics, Norman captured the PT4 crown at the International Triathlon Union World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
And, since she achieved these historic accomplishments, Norman has blended in as a normal college student at Cedarville.
“Dream big and really go after your goals,” she urges young athletes. “Don’t let anything in life stop you, whether disabilities, or circumstances.”
Grace would know. Born without a left foot and ankle, and a right big toe, if anyone had a reason to stop, it would be Grace. But instead, she runs. She bikes. She swims. She wins.
Norman’s quest for Paralympic gold literally began within the first six months of her life. Born without her left foot and large toe on her right foot due to Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Norman’s parents—Tim and Robin—cared for their young daughter as though she had no physical issues. She had two surgeries before her first birthday and attempted walking at 11 months with assistance of a prosthetic, which was fitted for her one month after her first birthday. She's been a winner in life and athletic competitions ever since.