Suter Representing U.S. in Down Syndrome Swimming World Championship
PETOSKEY – One local swimmer will be representing the country and northern Michigan on a world stage.
Petoskey native, Joe Suter is going to the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championship.
Suter qualified for eight individual events. These include 50 and 100 meter freestyle, 50,100 and 200 meter breaststroke, 200 meter individual medley, 50 meter butterfly and 50 meter backstroke.
“He couldn’t swim very well at all, but through lots of hard work, he became better and better,” said his coach Marilyn Early of Joe when he first started swimming seven years ago.
But he began improving and then Early found out about the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships.
“I was at a swim meet a few years ago and I saw a group of down syndrome people as a team at a masters meet. So I went and talked to the woman who was with them and found out about the Down Syndrome World Championship Swimming events and told Joe about it and Joe’s mom and we thought this would be a good thing to strive for,” said Early.
Early also presented Suter with a scholarship to help pay for his travel expenses and uniform. Suter is so excited to represent his country.
“Yes I am and I am ready for it,” said Suter.
He has done so much to prepare and now it is time to put it to the test.
“Stay on track, and get focused and on track, and try and get in first place,” Suter added.
Suter and his family leave Thursday. The competition begins on July 19 and goes through July 27 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.