Paralympic medal winner, World Record holder, and Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame inductee, are just a few of Cheryl Angelelli’s accomplishments after a tragic accident in a swimming pool in 1983 left her a quadriplegic. At the time, some may have thought a promising athletic career was cut short. For Cheryl, it was just beginning.
Cheryl began competitive swimming when she was eight years old and always dreamed of going to the Olympics someday -- but fate would intervene. On February 4, 1983, Cheryl walked into swim practice one night and never walked out.