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By Eric Heinz
San Clemente’s Kendall Stier was recognized for winning a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Paralympic National Championships for women’s shot put as well as her academic achievement at the Sept. 5 City Council meeting. Stier, a Saddleback Valley Christian School student, also won the inaugural CIF seated shot put state championship in 2016.
Stier was born with cerebral palsy and advocates for awareness of the condition as well as help inform other students with disabilities that there are sports available to them.
“While I am proud to hold the state and national championship titles, I am more passionate about informing other disabled high school students, who are often rejected when it comes to sports,” Stier said during her acceptance speech of the city’s plaque.
Stier also mentioned athletic scholarships are now available at some colleges for student athletes with disabilities.