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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Paralympian credits family, Catholic school for his success as athlete

The Catholic Spirit (St. Paul, MN)

Brian Siemann, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, N.J., will represent the United States in track and field at the 2012 Paralympic Games, which begin Aug. 29 in London. CNS photo/courtesy Brian Siemann

On Brian Siemann’s first day at Notre Dame High School in Lawrence in 2004, Coach Joe McLaughlin invited the young man who required a wheelchair for his mobility to do something he had never before considered.

“You’re coming out for the track team,” McLaughlin recalled telling the then-perplexed student.

Paralyzed from the waist down at birth after a hospital accident, Siemann is a quadruplet, and was joined at Notre Dame by his sisters, Maria, Jessica and Amanda.

What happened since then is history in the making. (...)

Full story: http://catholicnewslive.com/story/40748

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