Thursday, June 30, 2011

Help Girl Scout Tatyana McFadden Win an ESPY Award

Help Girl Scout Tatyana McFadden win an ESPY award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award). Tatyana McFadden is a Paralympian athlete and life time member of Girl Scouts who competes mainly in category T54 sprint events. She won the New York Marathon this year. Vote for her under the category “female athlete with a disability”.

Tatyana was born with spina bifida in St. Petersburg, Russia and was abandoned in an orphanage, where she spent the first six years of her life. She was not expected to live. After being adopted by an American family, receiving her first wheelchair and medical attention, she began to thrive. Her family introduced Tatyana to swimming and from there she became hooked on sports and today is recognized as an elite athlete holding many US and international records.

Tatyana was the youngest member of the USA Paralympic Track and Field Team in the Athens 2004 Paralympics and, at age 15, surprised the world by winning a silver and bronze medal in the 100m and 200m. During the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships in the Netherlands, McFadden set a world record on her way to winning gold in the 100m and also took home silver medals in the 200m and 400m. She has spoken to many community groups, testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Adoption, and was keynote speaker before an audience of 8,000 at the National Girl Scout Convention. McFadden holds US records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m, and is ranked 2nd in the world as a sprinter.

An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. Vote now!