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Gunn's Watt is a Paralympian field Athlete of the Year

 

Gunn High senior Amy Watt has been named the 2015 Female Field Athlete of the Year by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.

Watt is one of 66 athletes selected as 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans.

Watt has established herself as one of the top T47/F47 female athletes in the country. A high school All-American in 2014, Watt won her first national title in the 400 meters and long jump while also taking second in the 100 and 200. Ranked fifth in the world in long jump and placing fourth in the 100 and 200 at the Parapan Am Games this summer in Toronto, Canada, Watt continues to show her versatility as an athlete.

This is the sixth year that U.S. Paralympics has honored the top high school track and field athletes with Paralympic-eligible impairments based off performances during the 2015 season.

"Each year, the high school All-American list showcases the top young athletes across the country," Cathy Sellers, high performance director of U.S. Paralympics Track and Field said. "This group has a number of athletes that we will see on the podium at the 2020 Paralympic Games and potentially even in 2016."

The selection criteria looked at multiple performances by each athlete compared against the "A" standard for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team. The ranking list is not a conventional list as the results are weighted according to the level and type of disability. The general disability categories of athletes named to the All-American list are visual impairment (11-13), intellectual disability (20), cerebral palsy (33-38), dwarfism (40), amputation/limb loss (41-46) and spinal cord injury (51-57).

Next up, Watt will be vying for a spot on the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field World Championships Team competing this October in Doha, Qatar. Watt flew to the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in San Diego on Friday morning to attend a training camp in preparation for IPC World Championships.

— Brianna Tammaro/USOC and Palo Alto Online Sports

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