Love of Swimming Takes Bedford, New Hampshire Girl to Olympics
Woo Hoo, we have another Olympian from New Hampshire
I wrote last week about Noelle Lambert from Manchester, New Hampshire who will be competing in the Paralympics in Tokyo. She will now be joined by another New Hampshire woman, Morgan Stickney. At only 24 years old and recovering from her second leg amputation in two years according to boston.com, she is now preparing to head to Tokyo to compete in the Paralympics.
Hard Work and Training Pay Off
It’s hard to know if it was Morgan Stickney’s determination or training that earned her a spot at the Tokyo Paralympics. Morgan has always loved swimming and was ranked top 20 in the country in the mile when she was just 14. Then, at just 15 she sustained a foot injury that led to a series of painful surgeries and ended with amputation of her leg from below the knee in 2018. It didn’t stop Morgan. She got back in the pool and began training, hoping to win a spot on the Paralympic team when another injury led to the discovery that she has a rare vascular condition that was cutting off blood supply to her right leg. This led to a second amputation in 2019. After all, she has battled, you would understand her frustration. She refused to give up.
Back in the Pool
After healing from the second amputation, Morgan Stickney was back in the pool when the pandemic lockdowns hit. That increased Morgan’s determination to just train harder at home. When restrictions started to lift, she headed to North Carolina to continue her in-water training. She tells boston.com “I think the biggest thing for me is I’m so grateful for everyone in my life. I really wouldn’t be where I’m at without the amazing people in my life. And so, I’m just thanking them and trying to spend time with them before I got to Tokyo and just training as hard as I can to see where I can go.” Go, Morgan! WOW