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Spotlight On: Virginia Wade

The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held March 18-24. 2,700 athletes from around the world will come together in Austria. One of our Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound members, Virginia Wade, will be one of those athletes! She is one of 22 skiers chosen to represent the United States Women’s Alpine Team. She will be racing in the Giant Slalom and Super G courses. We asked her a couple of questions before she heads off to the Winter Games.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a freshman at Roosevelt High School. I am involved in gymnastics there. I love to ski. When I was four years old, I learned to ski through the Outdoors for All Foundation. I also like to write scripts. I especially love musicals. I enjoy making spaghetti sauce with my family. Virginia has 2 younger brothers and an older sister. They, along with their mom Amy, will be in Austria to cheer Virginia and the other Special Olympians on.

What is your favorite event or program that the DSC runs? Since I ski every weekend I sometimes miss events. But, I love going to the get-togethers when I can. I like to attend both the tween and teen events. I really loved The Little Mermaid play that we saw in December. I also participate in the Buddy Walk.

What words would you use to describe yourself? Strong, smart, beautiful, flexible, genius, marvelous, glamorous, talented, confident, independent, and fancy.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An actress and a designer

A fun fact: Virginia is working on a musical script, called Tutu, based on her family’s seven month, 1,589 mile experience hiking the Appalachian Trail.

We at the DSC congratulate Virginia on all of her accomplishments. Good luck in Austria and safe travels!