By Hannah van Warmerdam
Since swimming in her first Special Olympics competition at 10 years old, Lisa Koskovich has worked her way from the bottom to the top. She went from winning ribbons to now winning multiple gold medals in more than 15 SOSC Summer Games.
Now, Lisa feels honored to be chosen to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. It will be her first time competing outside of California.
“It will be nice to meet other athletes from outside the country and see what their skill levels are,” she said.
Lisa comes from a family of swimmers, which is probably why her competitiveness and drive for excellence seems to come natural to her. She got involved in competing because her mom was a coach and both her sisters swam. She says her family has been by her side, pushing her and encouraging her to achieve her goals.
Lisa has not only achieved quite a lot throughout her 20 years of competing, but learned a lot as well.
“Special Olympics has taught me so many things, like to be accepted in the community and learning to get along with other people whether they have a disability or not,” she said. “It’s also nice you get to cheer people on through sporting events.”
Lisa will swim in the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 4×100 freestyle relay and the high performance 100 individual medley in Seattle. Lisa is a force in the water and will definitely be someone to watch out for at this year’s USA Games.
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