Boise Teen is Member of World Champion U.S. Deaf Swim Team

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Catherine Parker, 14, will have quite a story to tell when her fellow classmates at Boise's North Junior High ask her how she spent her summer vacation.

Parker was a member of the U.S. Deaf Swimming National Team, which just won the overall team trophy at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Portugal. The U.S. defeated Russia, which had been favored to win.

Catherine Parker is to the far right in the first row (seated)
  • Catherine Parker is to the far right in the first row (seated)

Parker, a member of the Boise YMCA swim team, is the youngest of the 24-member U.S squad, which competed against 600 other swimmers from 30 countries at the world championships held Aug. 6-13. Parker has been deaf since she was a toddler. She requires two hearing aids, which she can't wear in the pool. She uses American Sign Language and can read lips. Her next goal is to compete for the United States at the Deaflympics, which will be in Athens in 2013.

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