|Amanda McGrory poses with her younger sister, Melissa; mom, Vicki; dad, Tim and boyfriend, Cole, following her 2011 marathon win in New York.|
Amanda is a Unionville High School graduate and is an inductee on the Unionville High School Wall of Honor. She is competing in the Paralymics in Rio De Janiero and has already has one silver medal.
At the age of five, Amanda’s life turned in a drastically new direction when she was diagnosed with a rare disease called transverse myelitis, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Always an energetic toddler, the Philadelphia-area native immediately adapted to life in a wheelchair and began a quest to find ways to be active at a high level. After an extensive rehabilitation program, Amanda attended a Variety Club camp in southeastern Pennsylvania, where a new sports program was starting up for children with disabilities. It was there, at the age of 10, that her parents enrolled her in a wheelchair sports program, and began her love affair with the sport of wheelchair racing.