Meet the Newest Para-Swimmer in Beavercreek

Chloe Schopperth

Gabi Schopperth is a freshman at Ferguson Hall and a para-athlete–someone who competes in sports with a disability. She swims for the Beavercreek High School swim team and is on a club team called the WTRC Sharks. This year is Beavercreek’s first year having a para-athlete on the team.

Beavercreek recently had a meet at a state level, and Schopperth attended. She placed 7th in the 50 free and 4th in the 100 back. Though there were some para events, the meet was a mostly able-bodied meet. But Schopperth says that “it felt normal being around able-bodied swimmers.”

Schopperth says she has more friends because of swimming and enjoys being a para-athlete. “I feel like with being a para-athlete it’s a way to unique in the pool,” she says.

Schopperth feels that many people underestimate her because of her disability. She swims mostly with able-bodied kids instead of being on a team with other para swimmers. Schopperth says, “I’m slower than them. I have less ability than them to swim.” But she also believes, “I can push myself harder than if I were to swim with para-athletes every day.”

Schopperth says her friends, family, and coaches push her to continue swimming and reach her goals. One of her goals is to go to the summer Paralympics “soon” in 2024 or 2028.