Tonawanda News


June 7, 2013

North Tonawanda native headed to Deaflympics

Tonawanda News — There is a feeling of adrenaline that takes over Scott Farrell's body as he begins his early morning cardio workouts. A sensation that drives him and keeps him awake to complete the 50-60 minute workouts that illuminate his laptop each day, a passion that forces him to attack his workouts in the pool with motivation and enthusiasm.

Now, he is on the brink of completing a goal he set out to accomplish nine years ago: competing in a Deaflympic event.

Farrell, a North Tonawanda native and member of the Deaf Team USA swim team will compete in the 2013 Deaflympics, held from July 26-Aug. 4 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 2011, he participated in his first international competition claiming a silver and two bronze medals while setting two American records in the Deaf World Swimming Championships in Coimbra, Portugal.

This season at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Farrell was a part of a 800 freestyle relay team that broke a 29-year-old record on Feb. 22, adding to an already impressive resume.

"(I am) very excited to be part of the Deaf Team USA and proud to get a chance to represent not just my hometown but to represent the United States of America," Farrell said via email. "That is very thrilling for me to realize and that motivates me even more to train harder to do excellent for the Deaflympics." 

When Farrell was 8 years old, his future in swimming was unclear.

After one year of doing laps in the pool, he had quit, complaining that the practices were too hard. But in eighth grade, Farrell was required to take a wellness class, one of which happened to be swimming.

"My gym teacher, Mr. Adcock, asked my interpreter after my performances for the timed events such as 50 free, 50 fly, 50 back, etc etc," Farrell wrote. "He asked me if I swam for a HS swim team and I replied 'no'."

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