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June 14, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Healthy Choices Pay off in the Pool and In Life

By Madeline Weathers

Swimmer Ethan Tipton with Coach Amy Clark

Chlorine filled air, roaring crowds, the starter’s horn sounding wave after wave of competition. There’s no place quite like it. Traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, swimmer Ethan Tipton was among hundreds of fired-up athletes ready to battle it out in the pool at the Triangle Aquatics Center! The day this athlete looks forward to each and every year had finally arrived -the 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games. The 23 year-old absolutely loves to swim and shows it with a smile that’s contagious. Ethan was encouraging everyone around him as he excitedly awaited his shot at the gold medal in freestyle and backstroke. His longtime coach Amy Clark knows his enthusiasm can’t be contained, “Ethan is a cheerleader for everyone. He has so much enthusiasm. In fact, in high school while serving as captain of the swim team his senior year; Ethan received the James Smith Award, an honorable award dedicated to the student athlete who demonstrates courage and outgoing spirit.”

About Madeline Weathers: I am the Special Olympics North Carolina communications intern.

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