Tri-town athletes to represent USA in Ireland

Feb 1, 2018

Two tri-town athletes are set to represent the United States at the 2018 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation Youth World Games.

Bridgewater State College sophomore Josh Winsper, of Rochester, will compete alongside Old Rochester Regional High School junior Mikayla Chandler. The Youth World Games will run from June 30-July 6 in Athlone, Ireland.

Both students have a bone-growth disorder called achondroplasia, which causes disproportionate short stature as children.

Winsper, a track-and-field athlete whose best results are in shot put, javelin and discus throw, is no stranger to high-level competition.

In 2015, he competed in the U.S. Paralympic trials, while in 2017 he competed in the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. There, he earned gold in the javelin event and silver in shot put.

Winsper's ultimate goal is the reach the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Chandler, a Marion resident and junior at Old Rochester Regional High School, is also a track-and-field athlete. She has had slightly less national experience, but doesn't lack for talent. When she was a freshman, Old Rochester Athletic Director Bill Tilden said that he didn't want to overwhelm her—and then added that she was one of the top female dwarf athletes in the country.