Elkhart swimmer prepares for Paralympics

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Even though Sunday marks the closing ceremonies of the Olympics the competition continues

The Paralympic Games begin on August 29 in London and a Michiana swimmer is on a quest for gold.

Dalton Herendeen is a Concord High School graduate and currently attends the University of Indianapolis as a sophomore, majoring in exercise science.

Herendeen lost his leg below the knee after birth, at about a week old, because of a blood clot. He says it changed the entire course of his life and he may not be in swimming if it weren't for his missing leg.

"Definitely with my attitude and the way I think and the way I go along with life in full of joy and everything, I think part of that is due with the loss of my leg," Herendeen said. "And also my determination with things. You know just with my will to not give up and stuff. You know maybe if I had never lost it, I wouldn't be that way."

Herendeen will be leaving for Germany on August 15 and then head to London just in time for the games.

You can watch the webcast of Herendeen's events on the Paralympics website.

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