But perhaps one of the most amazing things about LoPour is her positive attitude.
When she first competed in equestrian in September 2014, she and her teammate accidently missed the starting gun and lost the race as a result. However, LoPour just laughed it off and said, “I will get it next year!”
According to her mom, LyRae Davis, Sydney is almost always happy.
“I’ve only seen her unhappy a couple times,” Davis said. “She laughs and loves all the time. That’s who she is.”
Sydney’s happiness also helps her succeed in the many activities she is a part of. She never gets nervous before competing in a Special Olympics competition, giving a speech or being on the radio.
“She has no fear,” Davis said, laughing. “I don’t know where she got it.”
LoPour has been participating in Special Olympics for 18 years and has competed in bocce, equestrian, basketball, bowling, track and field, swimming and skiing. She is the captain of her bocce team and a Global Messenger for Special Olympics North Carolina.
LoPour stays busy helping out in her community. She is actively involved in her church where she started a group called Special Friend Praise and Prayer, Making a Difference for God, which she helps lead. She is also part of an organization called The High Five Club, a club dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities to learn and practice life skills, and is actively involved in their fundraisers.
But despite staying so busy, LoPour never loses sight of what is most important to her: promoting the idea of inclusion.
Because she faced bullying in school, she made it her personal goal to ensure that everyone always feels safe. When she was in high school, she wrote speeches about the inclusion of special education students, which she delivered in several different schools and in a statewide Future Career and Community Leaders of America competition, where she won third place.
LoPour even wrote, produced and directed a play about inclusion, which was performed in December 2014 at her church. She is currently writing another one.
And LoPour doesn’t just talk about inclusion; she lives it. According to Davis, she is quick to include and help everyone she sees.
“She accepts everyone,” Davis said. “That’s what people know about Sydney.”
Congratulations, Sydney, on being named the 2015 SONC September Athlete of the Month!
Comic book hero: Superman, but Sydney also calls her step-dad “Hero.” They are very close.
Favorite color: PINK! She loves everything pink.
Ice cream: Chocolate cookie dough.
Actor/Actress: Robin Williams. He makes her laugh, and she loves Mrs. Doubtfire.