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This Fencer Won Gold with No Hands or Legs
For more than ten year’s Professor Owl’s Book Corner has followed the wonderful young athletes from Variety Village and the Special Olympics who have overcome their physical challenges with determination to follow their dreams of excelling in the sport they loved so much.
This month we are featuring a very special young lady who did follow her dream and won a gold medal.
Beatrice “Bebe” Vio is a fighter in more ways than one. At just five years old, she showed incredible promise at fencing. But, at age 11, her dreams were threatened after she contracted a severe form of meningitis that cost her both her hands and legs. Still, Vio remained undeterred and returned to fencing within a year. She began fencing from a wheelchair using a special prosthesis to hold her foil. Her fighting spirit paid off when she won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Beatrice Vio wins 2017 Laureus Award – IPC