“Before I swim at an event I always pray that I will do my best and that I will be happy afterward, no matter how I finish,” says 15-year old Brikelle Bro of Castle Pines, CO. Born without feet, she always seemed to feel more at home in water, says her mother, an affinity which she developed into a world-class skill and a place in the 2012 London Paralympics which will take place, as usual, just after the current Olympics end.
On land she walks with the aid of prosthetics, but water is a different world. “The water is an equalizer for everyone,” she says. She likes to tell curious little children that ask that she “left her feet in Heaven.”
Her parents credit the gospel with her determination to be the best she can. Sister Bro adds, “When Brickelle was born, the Spirit spoke to me and said that everything was going to be okay. I knew that the Lord was there and that He was watching us.” For more pictures and information about Brikelle, click here.
Brikelle is the youngest of four LDS Paralympians competing this year. In a repeatedly shown Olympics promotional montage, it’s hard not to be amazed at the archer without a right arm. That man is Eric Bennett of Surprise, AZ. Also competing for the U.S. is Paul Schult of Ann Arbor, MI, a member of the wheelchair basketball team. And representing Australia is shotputter Todd Hodgetts who has not let his Asbergers dianosis keep him from fulfilling his dreams.
This article was written to coincide with The London Paralympic Games of 2012. For current Paralympic information and online coverage of more current events, check here.