By Andrew Royal, 17, and A.J. Hellickson, 16
Scholastic News Online Student Reporters
|Global Youth Summit participant Andrew Royal (left) interviews Katie Anderson (center), 28, and her unified partner Missy Allen of Special Olympics Mississippi. (Photo: A.J. Hillickson)|
Katie and Missy competed in the triangle competition at the East Pier, in Dublin today. Missy's patience and compassion in working with mentally disabled athletes was apparent in how well she and Katie operate as a team.
"I love Missy and sailing the best!" Katie told Scholastic News Online.
Katie has been in Special Olympics for seven years. She began with bowling and basketball. Her coach, Ron Mucha, of Mississippi, introduced her to Missy.
"I met Katie because Ron introduced us last year," Missy said. "Katie competed in Maryland with another unified partner,so this is our first year together." She said that Katie won a gold medal at the World Games in 1999.
She is sailing a boat named Firefly in this year's event.
"It is like a very fast surfboard," Katie said.