Ashlee is our first Special Olympics Athlete of the Week.
Ashlee Bahr suffered a stroke when she was one year old. She suffered 50-100 life-threatening seizures before having brain surgery at age 8 years old. Ashley has cerebral palsy on her left side and has to work harder than anyone just to get up in the morning and get the left side of her body to cooperate. She works out regularly to help build her strength and pushes herself to be the best she can be.
Ashlee started Special Olympics 12 years ago, training and competing in swimming. She competed at The 2015 Summer Games Invitational at USC. After a discouraging finish in which she was unable to reach the touch pad and was disqualified, Ashlee decided to put her focus into training in track and field. She will compete in the 100M Run, 200M run, shot put, and 4×100 relay in the Special Olympics Summer Games this year.
Ashley will also play softball with Special Olympics and is also a Special Olympics Global Messenger. She will be competing in the USA Games in Seattle, Washington with Team USA.
This athlete is such an inspiration, with her determination and positive attitude to not allow her disability to define her or keep her from achieving her goals.
Wendy Ellet, senior manager sports and programs, Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley & the Tri-Valley Regions, nominated Ashley for the Margaret Thorsen Award for Most Inspirational Athlete for the 2018 Summer Games.