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North Dakota Athletes Gear Up for Paralympic Trials in Florida

Two Courageous Athletes from North Dakota Headed to Paralympic Trials

As the world anticipates the upcoming Paralympic Games in Paris, two remarkable athletes from North Dakota are gearing up to showcase their talents at the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field trials in Miramar, Florida. Isabelle Hogness and Sam Winter, both high school athletes, have proven themselves to be among the top para athletes in the country.

Hogness, a senior at Horace High School, has spina bifida and competes as a wheeled racer in the T54 classification. With an impressive track record of performances, including competing in the Triathlon since age 11, Hogness has shown remarkable determination and skill in the sport. She has qualified for the national team trials and will be competing in the 100m, 400m, and 800m events.

On the other hand, Winter, who recently graduated from homeschooling, competes in track and field for Des-Lacs Burlington/Berthold. He had a stroke at birth, resulting in cerebral palsy, and competes as an ambulatory athlete in the T36 classification. Winter will be showcasing his talents in the 100m, 400m, long jump, and shot put events at the U.S. National Trials.

Both athletes have displayed exceptional dedication and resilience in overcoming obstacles to pursue their athletic dreams. Training with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports group, they have shown that with the right mindset and determination, anything is possible. Their journey serves as an inspiration to people with and without disabilities to never give up on their goals.

As they prepare for the national trials, Hogness and Winter are excited about the opportunity to compete at the highest level and push themselves to new heights. Regardless of the outcome, their participation in the trials will be a valuable experience that will continue to fuel their passion for the sport.

Beyond the trials, both athletes have bright futures ahead, with Hogness considering collegiate wheelchair racing programs and Winter continuing to excel in various para sports. Their story is a testament to the power of perseverance and determination in achieving success, and they are sure to make North Dakota proud as they represent their state on the national stage.

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