Elizabeth Flora-Swick (front) will play Boccia in Mexico. Submited photo

Elizabeth Flora-Swick, senior at Gardner Edgerton High School, has been invited to represent the United States of America at the Parapan American Games in Mexico in November.
The Parapan American games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico Nov. 12-20. The event will feature all of the Paralympics sports as a regional competition before the games in London in 2012.
In Boccia, the top six world ranked players from the Americas get an automatic bid.  The next six are given a wildcard bid based national finishes. Flora-Swick as received one of these slots.
“This will be my first international competition.  This is something I have been looking forward to for a long time.  I am excited about seeing how I measure up against the next level of competition and how far I have to go to win a medal at the Paralympic Games in 2016,”  she said.
Top-ranked players who will be at the Parapan American Games include: Adam Dukovich, Canada 2008 Paralympic gold medalist; Marcial Santos, Brazil 2011 World Cup bronze medalist; and Alejandro Cortex, Argentina 2011 World Cup quarterfinalist
Flora-Swick earned the invitation by being one of the best Boccia players in the United States.
In the past three National tournaments, she has gone 12-2 with one National Championship and two Silver medals to her credit. This past year she defeated A.B. Anwar, the number 1 ranked player in the country in pool competition.
“It was an exhilarating win!” Flora-Swick said   “I had never beat AB head to head before.    I played my best and had given everything I had to win.”