The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Headlines

November 18, 2013

Swimmer prepares for Special Olympics

NORMAN — Ashley Kohlun was looking for something to participate in so she could be around friends and be successful.

Since age 8, Kohlun, of Norman, has been participating in Special Olympics Oklahoma. Now, at age 34, she plans to attend Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey from June 14-21 as an advanced swimmer in aquatics.

However, there was a process to get where she is now.

Each participant had to fill out an application. To qualify, they had to medal in the sport they are going for in Oklahoma State Games. The cost to attend is a minimum of $2,000 for travel, uniforms and housing expenses, which the state of Oklahoma pays.

However, the state encourages each participant to raise a minimum amount of $750 through fundraising on firstgiving.com. This allows people in the community, friends and family to donate the amount they please as contribution to the price of attending USA Games.

Kohlun has participated in World Games in Connecticut in 1995 and North Carolina in 1999, while being on the Norman High swim team. Each time, she has been an advanced swimmer in the aquatics category.

Yet, she did not stop there. She bowls and plays bocce, a less familiar sport in the U.S.

Kohlun is an ambitious swimmer with Williams Syndrome. She said swimming is not easy for her because of her many cardiovascular problems and learning disabilities.

However, Kohlun’s struggles make her stronger because she has the desire to relate to others, making her social and friendly.

Kohlun recently swam at a meet in Muskogee and has another meet at OCCC at 4 p.m. today.

“We sort of say that she is like a frog, so good at her breaststroke,” her mother, Catherine, said.

Ashley is supported by her family, friends, teammates and community. Donations can be made through sook.org/usa-games.html or by calling 918-481-1234.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Bombing museum gets tech boost

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the ...

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014

  • U.S. puts off pipeline decision

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely....

    April 19, 2014

  • Garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew set

    A garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew will start at 9 a.m. today at 1510 Melrose Drive....

    April 19, 2014

  • Sonic plans expansion

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said....

    April 19, 2014

  • Singing Sooners show set

    The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Singing Sooners Spring Show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jim Graves and Stephen Ziegler serve as directors for the group....

    April 19, 2014

  • Study: Half of jailed youths have injury

    NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of ...

    April 19, 2014