FSDB track team members excel despite impairments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida School for the Deaf & Blind has a wide variety of athletic teams. Most of the students who compete have some type of hearing impairment, but there are also a few who have visual impairments.

Nick Thompson and Tyree Singleton both compete for the Dragons track team. On Tuesday afternoon, Singleton won his heat for the 400 meter dash in a track meet at Bishop Snyder High School. Both he and Thompson are visually impaired.

Meanwhile Andrew Soleyn throws the discus and shot put. He's had a hearing impairment for most of his life, but he didn't become visually impaired until surgery to remove a brain tumor a few years ago. The tumor was pressing against his pituitary gland, therefore he wasn't growing. That problem has since been fixed, buthe lostmost of his visionafter thesurgery.


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