“When something is taken away from somebody, God gives you something extra,” said Mary Smart, the great-grandmother of the recent three-time gold medalist.
Smart speaks of Annika Lake, 10, of Wardville.
Lake is a fifth grader at Kiowa schools, plays basketball and is currently interested in making ear rings out of beads — which she sells for $5.
Unlike many other students in the area, Lake has won three gold medals at the 13th annual University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games in Edmond.
On Saturday, Lake earned her medals in the 60m, 100m, and 200m track and field races in the under 14, single-leg, below-knee amputee female category.
Lake’s grandfather, Michael Kellogg, the superintendent at Kiowa schools, said this is her second year to compete at the Endeavor Games.
Kellogg adds Lake is 10 and she was grouped with the under 14 category because she will be 11 this August. So most of her opponents were older than her.
Lake’s mother, Jeneal Dotte, said they heard about the paralympic event from Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research in Oklahoma City. The same organization that provides Lake her leg.
“Hadn’t done a lot of training,” said Dotte. Lake just went to the event and ran last year.
This year, she beat her last year’s record and qualified for the National Junior Disability Championships in Mesa, Ari. However, the family just found out about the NJDC, Dotte said they will look into the possibility of competing.
Lake’s parents are Jeneal and Miguel Dotte, and Todd Lake. Her grandparents are Michael and Denise Kellogg, Carmel Cantwell, and Tim Lake. Her great-grandparents are Jim and Linda Kellogg, Dwain and Del Jacobson, and Smart.
“We’re so proud of her,” said Dotte.
“She’s turning into a blessing for others.”
Online: www.ucoendeavorgames.com and www.njdc2012.com.
Contact Brandy Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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