Summarized by Eileen Bell
Deaf LDS Girl Is World-class Gymnast
Deseret News 23May00 S2
By Clairissa Pett: Deseret News staff writer
OREM, UTAH -- An 17 year old Orem girl is an inspiration to those who
feel they face challenges beyond their capabilities. Aimee Walker is
a lovely young lady who is climbing the ranks of the gymnastics
world. And, she's doing it despite being unable to hear, or to see
from one eye.
In her second year at Mountain View High School, Aimee has all the
interests of an LDS teen... plus the demands of training up to 35
hours a week for national level gymnastics meets. Her next big
competition is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she has high expectations.
"I'm ready. The 10 is there."
Aimee is originally from California, but moved to Utah to train with
coach Mary Wright. Wright feels strongly about Aimee's potential.
"She could easily be one of the top 15 in the country."
Because of her physical limitations, her training has had some
differences from those of other gymnasts. Because she can only see
with one eye, Aimee has had challenges with her balance... and
therefore, with her balance beam performance. She has been able to
make big strides in improving there.
Because Aimee can't hear, she faces a challenge keeping with her
music during her floor routines. Very simple beats are chosen for her
music, and teammates position themselves to help her get started
properly, and to let her know during the routine if she's keeping
with the beat.