Meet Conner Pierce!

WAC member and successful athlete: Conner Pierce

WAC member Conner Pierce was recently named to the 60-athlete USA Paralympic Team for the Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, this August. Conner will compete in the 100-meter dash on Tuesday, August 27. Conner, who has cerebral palsy and competes in track in the “ambulatory” division, recently ran in Arizona’s Desert Challenge Games, an international track and field competition. Conner finished first in the 100 meters and second in the 400 meters against athletes of all ages from Columbia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. This follows his career at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he was Washington state champion in the ambulatory division in the 100-meter and 200-meter, and finished second in the 400-meter, leading his school to the state para-athlete team title.

Conner attributes much of his success to his coaches at the WAC. Todd Kowalski provided swim coaching on most Saturdays, Will Whatley provided strength and conditioning coaching for several years, and triathlon coach Julie Vieselmeyer is Conner’s running coach. Todd says it has been a real pleasure to watch Conner’s growth as an athlete. “It’s always great to see someone who works hard to overcome a physical challenge, and Conner is exceptional in that regard,” Todd says. Conner is thankful for the help of the WAC team, saying he would not be where he is without their coaching and support. His philosophy is to live each day to the fullest.

Conner will enter his sophomore year at the University of British Columbia in the fall. He is studying kinesiology and competes on the track team.

—Posted August 19, 2019

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