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Dustin Eudy – 2016 Special Olympics NC May Athlete of the Month

DustinEudyIf Special Olympics Avery County athlete Dustin Eudy was asked which super hero characterized him the most, without question the answer would have to be “Flash”!  The 18 year-old has been a blur on the track since he was eight years old.

“He runs like the wind, “said Barb Holdcroft, Eudy’s aquatics coach. “No one can beat him, he’s just unstoppable.  He is so talented and I expected to the see the same thing when we started the swim team.”

To Holdcroft’s surprise, Eudy was not dominant or fast in the water but he was eager to learn.

“Dustin is a very hard worker and is always trying to learn new things whether it’s in school or in Special Olympics,” said Holdcroft. “He was so enthusiastic and eager. He just needed some work on his stroke techniques.”

Eudy is in terrific shape. In addition to his Special Olympics sports, he also is a member of the Avery High School football and wrestling teams.  Despite a serious hearing impairment, Eudy loves to be involved and active!

“He’s nothing but muscle,” said Holdcroft. “He’s worked really hard this spring and at our last swim competition,  he recorded a time eight seconds better than his personal best a year ago!  Not only that he was faster than the one athlete that he’d never beaten before!

Eudy is “quietly proud” when he is on the awards stand but when he got out of the water after that race he caught Coach Holdcroft’s eye and her ”thumbs up” elicited a huge smile!  He’ll likely show that smile again after realizing he is the Special Olympics NC 2016 May Athlete of the Month too!  And more exciting things may be on the horizon for this athlete that exudes sportsmanship and enjoys mentoring others.  Avery County will be represented for the first time in more than 15 years at the Special Olympics NC Summer Games.  Eudy will find out in May whether he’ll be one of those selected to compete in aquatics the first weekend in June in Cary at the Triangle Aquatic Center!

Congratulations Dustin Eudy the 2016 Special Olympics NC May Athlete of the Month!

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