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October 09, 2013 | North America: Florida

First time Gold medal on a Aquatics event for a Miami-Dade young girl with Down syndrome

By Julieta Romano

Martina and her SP Swimming Gold Medal

Martina Gigante, 18 y/o young girl with Down syndrome, won her first Gold Medal at a Florida State competition level this last Sunday, during Special Olympics Florida State Championships. She represented Miami-Dade County Baywatchers group. Proving her powerful will and determination to succeed, Martina won the gold despite having had two open heart surgeries as a child and overcoming a persistent cold on the very day of the event. This young girl loves everything about being a Special Olympics athlete, specially her friends and the dancing parties after each Special Olympics event. Martina won the gold swimming for 25.28 seconds 25 mts free style, qualifying time to compete in the Down Syndrome World & International Swimming Championships at Morelia, MEXICO, November 2014.

About Julieta Romano: Julieta Romano is the proud mother of Martina Gigante, Special Olympics young girl athlete. Julieta is a fan and supporter of her daughter, who loves to swim. She is also a mother to two boys, ages 16 and 11, and another girl, age 7. One of Martina's brothers, Carlos, 11, had participated as an unified athlete in a swimming competition. She believes Special Olympics had brought to her family a sense of pride and unity.
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