Paralympics event shows what the human spirit is capable of

Robert Griswold is a paralympian. (WTHR Staff)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Athletes from around the world are in Indianapolis this weekend for the World Para Swimming World Series 2019.

"The great thing about Paralympics is showing what the human spirit is capable of even despite limitations," said Richard Griswold.

For him, this is much more than just a sporting event.

"The great thing about Paralympics is showing what the human spirit is capable of even despite limitations," said Griswold.

Griswold is one of over 200 athletes from 19 countries who range in age from 12 to 61.

"I was born with cerebral palsy and I didn't even know Paralympic swimming was an option. Didn't even know it was a thing," said Griswold.

There are five such meets held around the world, only one is held in North America.

"A nine year old put it the best way. When she goes to USA swimming she doesn't look like anybody and she gets nervous. She comes to this event nobody looks the same. She fits right in. This is what it is all about," said Queenie Nichols the Director of US Paralympic Swimming. "A place for them to compete against people with similar impairments and be able to really show what they can do."

Robert who works as a volunteer swim coach for the Indiana State women's swimming team has already shown what he can do. Winning the gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke Thursday night while the Indiana State women's team cheered him on.

"A lot of times I am on the other side of it. I am the one jumping and screaming on deck with the rest of the coaches, but it was so awesome to have them there last night to cheer me on," said Griswold. "It shows it is not just a team. We are a family. We take care of each other and support each other."

That will help him prepare for the Worlds and the Paralympic Games in 2020.

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