Hometown: Tontaogany, OH
What makes Abby tick?
Describe yourself in three words:
Funny, witty, intelligent
Why are sports important to you?
Adaptive sports have given me the opportunity to compete with other disabled people. I have gotten to meet many people who I am very close with through both disabled and non-disability events. I also get to travel around competing.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
Qualifying for the Can Am games for the first time last year in Miami, Florida and being jsut a couple seconds off of the national emerging times.
Do you have any pre-competition rituals?
I don’t shave my legs for like a month before any big meet and when that meet is a couple days away I shave my legs. I makes me feel like I’m losing drag.
What does a typical day in your training program look like?
I go to practice right after school and swim for two hours then my team gets out of the pool and does dryland for another half hour. On the days I can’t swim I try to ride my handcycle at least five miles.
What is your favorite off-season activity?
Riding my handcycle around.
Who do you admire most?
I admire my family because even though they like to pick on me for stupid things they always support what I’m doing.
What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?
Travel the world, go to every continent besides Antarctica.
What is your favorite quote:
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible – Walt Disney
What is your favorite food?
My dad’s fried chicken and rice or my grandma.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying adaptive sports?
Go for it. If you don’t like it you can always try a different sport and even if you aren’t into sports too much you will meet great people and new friends.