AVON -- A 10-year-old Avon girl is closing in on a lifelong dream.
Breanna Sprenger was born with no legs and only one arm. Despite her disability, Breanna had one goal in mind -- swimming her way to the U.S. Paralympic trials.
Breanna says she never thought she would get this opportunity at such a young age, but her big goals aren't reached without determination.
"I have to train three times a week, and really really hard," she said.
In February, Breanna swam against true competition at the Jimi Flowers Invitational Swim Meet in Colorado. She did very well.
"It was a lot of fun. I won two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze," she said.
Four medals, and times thatwon her an invitation to try out for the U.S Paralympic team.
Paralympic athletes compete in divisions based on their disability; regardless of age, they must qualify in the trials.
The trials will be held in June in Bismarck, North Dakota.If her times qualify again, she could be asked to join the U.S. team in London.
Breanna's coach at the French Creek YMCA, Kim Audibert, is with her on this journey.
"It's a huge deal," Audibert said. "Paralympics is very similar to the Olympics. You are talking about the best athletes in the world. Everything is the same."
The Sprenger familyneeds to raise $7,000 to get Breanna to the time trials in June.
But if she qualifies there, the U.S. Olympics will pay for her to go to the 2012 Paralympics in London.
You can support Team Breanna by going to her Facebook page. All donations are accepted for Team Breanna at any Huntington Bank.
They can also be mailed to:
P.O. Box 422
Avon, OH 44011