Meet The Paralympian Who Is The Only Blind Division 1 Swimmer
Cailin Currie’s philosophy in life is simple; “You shouldn’t let anything stop you from getting what you want or who you want to be.” The Danvers, Massachusetts native has followed that statement to achieve things few thought were possible. Currie was born blind and did not gain any vision until she was a year old. Despite the challenges, Currie became an elite swimmer and eventually earned a spot on the U.S. team that competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
“That was an amazing experience. I was so proud to be able to represent my country and compete on the Olympic stage. To be there with some many people from so many different countries is something that I’ll never forget.”
Currie didn’t medal in the games but she gained valuable experience swimming four events. After Rio, it was on to Merrimack College where she competes on the Division I level. She placed ninth in the NE10 Championships in 2019.
“I love it here. My teammates don’t treat me differently and I love it that way. I just want to be like everyone else, “
Currie uses a guide dog to help her get around campus and to the aquatic center. She’s carrying a full course load while majoring in childhood education. Currie was working to earn a spot on the U.S. team that was scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games which will now take place in 2021. Until then, Currie continues to swim while being an inspiration to others. “Anything is possible,” she says. “Work hard and you can achieve all your dreams, too.”