With new guidelines in place…the Kiwanis Club of Kingston has decided that the amateur athlete of the year must be under the age of 21…
With that in mind….the 2016 winner of the Gus Marker trophy is…..paralympic swimmer—Abi Tripp….
“Its such an honour–I think everyone in this room deserved this award so to be the one that won the award , it means so much and I’m really thankful to Kiwanis for hosting such an amazing night.”
The 16-year old Tripp–who suffers from cerebral palsy just loves being in the pool….
“Its freedom because walking is not one of my favourite activities so in the pool I can just be myself, I dont need to worry about balanceor any physical disability, I can just do it.”
Among her accomplishments in 2016….Tripp won 4 gold medals at the Can-Am games in Miami, Florida….but the highlite was qualifying and competing in 7-events at the Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil…
“Rio was amazing–it was a childhood dream for me –I always wanted to make Rio 2016 –I had it up in my bedroom and to make that dream a reality was just amazing so to compete for Canada has always been something I wanted to do and I’m so proud to be able to wear the maple leaf on my swim cap and just be able to represent my country through sport and just compete with my whole heart to show what Canadians are made of.”