CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- Nine separate events in five days. A difficult line up for any athlete, but for Ty Wiberg, it’s just one more finish line to cross in his lane to success.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and hopefully it will pay off this week,” says Ty.
Since birth, Ty has lived with the spinal cord malformation Spina Bifida, a condition that has challenged him, but never set him back, especially in his training for the U.S. Adaptive Sport Junior Nationals that he will compete in next week.
“It’s a lot of fun. I want to go home and take a nap afterwards, but really, I love it,” say Ty.
Ty’s father Al Wiberg says Ty will compete in two swimming events and four on the track, along with shot put, discus, and the javelin throw.
“There’s no limitations for him. He just has to find different ways of doing things. As parents, we just want to be able to provide all the opportunities we can and allow him to set his own goals and accomplish his dreams that he wants to do.
Ty puts in anywhere from four to six hours of practice a day. And he’s only 14 years old.
“It’s an hour and a half of swimming and then I wheel over to the track, that’s still trying to get a workout in, I wheel over to the high school from the middle school, that’s about an hour and 45 minutes of training and then some days I meet with my coach,” says Ty.
Last year Ty achieved one of his dreams by receiving a black belt in karate. Now he has an even bigger dream… to compete as Paralympic athlete.
“I don’t think there is. Because if I put my mind to something, even if it’s a little bit different than everybody else, I honestly think I can do it. It might be different, but I don’t really care, as long as I’m doing it,” say Ty.