Meet Seacoast Paralympic Athlete Elizabeth Corso from Newmarket, NH
It’s the Paralympians’ turn to take on the world at the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5.
These games will also be like no other thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic which limits participation in competitions with more than 4,000 athletes from 134 nations. A small number of students will be allowed to attend the games.
The Parade of Nations took place in an empty stadium with acrobats, a light show and a dance performance.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons addressed the Paralympians.
“You gave your all to be here. Blood, sweat and tears. Now is the time to show the world your skills, your strength, your determination. Hero, friend, colleague, role model or just human.” , Parsons said.
The games are broadcast live on NBC’s many streaming platforms, including the United States and the Peacock streaming service. Because Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Saving Time, a lot of events will be shown in the middle of the night here.
The Seacoast is represented by a Paralympian, Elizabeth Corso of Newmarket.
She competes in the women’s 1500m T13 with the first wave on Friday August 27th.
The 2021 graduate of Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover will go to Lipscomb University in Nashville.
According to his Team USA biography, Corso has been racing since the age of five and joined his school’s track and cross country teams in grade six.
Corso raced varsity track and cross country for the PCA and in her sophomore year she was introduced to para track and field. During the past year, she has also taken an interest in Nordic skiing.