Born with profound hearing loss, Selena received her first cochlear implant at age of 2 and the second one at 7.
Selena is passionate about swimming. She claims that swimming gives her swimmer's high. Her training schedule is really busy: 7 times a week at her swimming club - Greater Ottawa Kingfish (GO Kingfish). She works so hard that she almost never misses any training session. Through such hard work and persistence, she overcame the difficulties of hearing loss and issues with cochlear implant processors and greatly improved her swimming skills that she qualified for the 23rd Deaflympics Summer Game.
Coach Simon's comment: Selena is a harding-working girl, goal-oriented, so if there is any problem, she'll work on it and fix it very quickly.
Teacher Ms. Small-Greenall's comment: I have had the real pleasure of teaching and working with Selena this year. She is a determined, hard working young person with a great sense of humour. Selena is a positive role model and leader in the school community. I am thrilled that she has decided to participate in the 23rd Deaf Olympic Games this year. This experience is going to be rich, exciting and I am sure challenging. I wish Selena safe travels and best of luck.
Teacher Sanne‘s comment: I have had the pleasure of being one of Selena's teachers for the last two years. Selena is a modest and hard working individual, who always puts the very best effort into everything she does. When I heard that she had qualified for the 23rd Deaf Olympics in Turkey this year, I was very excited for her. Selena exemplifies everything an athlete who will represent Canada should. She will do her family and her country proud. I wish you all the best for your endeavour, Selena!
Selena will need about $3500 to cover her trip to Sumsun, Turkey. Selena's parents will incur additional expenses to fly to Turkey to cheer her up at the games.
Selena need your help to realize her Olympics dream. Thank you so much for your love and generosity!