Before Sarah Bofinger, also known as Mergoddess, took her first steps, she was already making waves. Mergoddess, a devoted aunt, proud Maryland Terrapin, and passionate dancer, has now earned her place as a qualifier for the Paralympics Parapan American (ParaPan-Am) Games.
This venture is far from ordinary. It all began with a dream—a dream that would ultimately evolve into a hard-earned reality.
First Step: Meet Qualifying Times
Achieving a qualifying time was no easy task for Sarah. She has undergone seven surgeries due to congenital hip dysplasia. Determined, she opted to use the best kickboard for swimming, Rip Current Sports Dual Boards.
Sarah, a committed athlete, set her sights on becoming a champion breaststroker. Drilling with Dual Boards in her staple regimen, she became a faster, smoother, and more efficient swimmer, shaving precious seconds off her breaststroke. The result? Mergoddess became an eligible contender for the ParaPan-Am Games!
Mergoddess’ mobility, nurtured through her training with Dual Boards, isn’t limited to the swimming pool; it extends gracefully to the dance floor. Her movements are now fluid and her steps assertive, thanks to improved core strength, balance, and body control.
Unwavering Self-Confidence: A Catalyst for Success
Critical to her journey is Sarah’s unwavering belief that, through systematic, disciplined training, she can qualify for any national or international swimming competition. For the ParaPan-Am Games, coaching has focused on drills with the M-formation, a strategy that strengthens the breaststroke kick.
See how to perfect your M-formation here!
The Reward: Mergoddess off to Santiago, Chile
The reward arrived on September 25, 2023, as Sarah’s hard work was validated. Beginning November 17, 2023, Mergoddess will compete in Santiago, Chile, SA, marking a significant milestone in her journey. As she also fulfills her dream of traveling abroad to South America, she will undoubtedly inspire others to embark on their own travel adventures.
The Journey Continues
Regardless of the outcome, Mergoddess will be fully equipped with the improved skills and confidence cultivated through Dual Boards and Rip Current Sports IHM Swim Training Model. Her journey is a testament to the incredible transformation that dedication and the right swim products can provide.