BMS Student to Compete at International Games in South Korea
Congratulations to Brady Middle School eighth grader Madison Gotlieb who was selected to represent Cleveland in the swimming competition at the International Children’s Games this summer in Daegu, South Korea!
The 46th annual games will bring together 2000 children from more than 80 cities and 50 countries, with the goal being to foster a mutual understanding between students of different nations. More than 35-thousand children from every continent of the world have taken part throughout the years. Teams compete in track and field, swimming, tennis, Taekwondo, table tennis, football and volleyball. The games have taken place twice in the United States: most recently (2008) in San Francisco and in Cleveland in 2004…ironically, the same year Madison started swimming competitively!
Now age 12, Madison started swimming at six months of age after observing and emulating her older brother Brandon, an OHS ninth grader. She began swimming competitively for the Spire/Lake Erie Silver Dolphins at age five and loved the competition along with the bonding opportunities it offered her with her friends. The Cleveland Swim Team competing in Daegu in mid-July is comprised of Madison, two other girls, and two boys. This will be Madison's first international competition outside of the United States. Madison also hopes to have the opportunity to compete at the Central zone meet in Indiana this summer and is practicing diligently to achieve qualifying times.
Madison’s favorite events are the 50, 100, and 200 meter breaststroke and freestyle, but she often competes in all of the strokes as well as the Individual Medley which consists of all four strokes. Madison prefers sprints but also enjoys the challenge of the longer distance events. She trains five to six days per week, spending about 12 hours each week in the water and says that swimming has taught her discipline, hard work, and how to stay organized.
A determined honors student at Brady Middle School, Madison loves math and enjoys spending time with her peers, friends, and family as well as her golden retriever, Cody. She looks forward to swimming as part of the Orange High School team in the not-too-distant future.
Congratulations, Madison...we wish you all the best this summer!!!