Mint Hill's Erin Gilmore to swim in Special Olympics in June
On top of Her Own Little World; Erin Gilmore Swims for Gold
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
Charlotte, NC -
Erin Gilmore is in the midst of what her parents call "a wonder year" in her life. She will compete in the Special Olympic Games in New Jersey in June. She will swim in three different events in June -- the freestyle, the breast stroke, and the butterfly.
Erin says she loves everything about swimming, and her parents say that Special Olympics has been a hugely positive influence on her life.
"It's maybe the biggest thing," says Barbara Gilmore, Erin's mom. "I'm so glad she has a wonder year like this, because you never know."
Life has had it's ups and downs for Erin. There have been moments that weren't easy. But she's overcome those times, to be, as her dad puts it, "on top of her own little world."
"The world is a tough place out there," says David Gilmore, Erin's father. "We had difficulty finding her competitive employment."
But, as David noted -- none of us really has it all that easy: "Unless you're Michael Jordan, everybody has, kinda, limitations on them, you know?"
Barbara says that when they hit that lull in Erin's life, they made a list of things to do that would be positive influences on Erin.
"Swimming was on that list," Barbara says.
"Oh she's riding high!" Barbara exclaims. "It's just like a great big present fell in her lap."
For more on Erin, and how she's gone about unwrapping that present, check out the video clip above.
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