Many athletes spend their summer at home training for the upcoming fall season to help their performances stand out across the region and state, but one Centennial athlete took her talents to the national level as the 2018-19 school year began.
Cathryn Gray, a junior track and field athlete at Centennial High School, traveled to Sant Cugat, Spain to compete with Team USA in the 2018 CP World Games. After competing against a strong field, Cathryn was able to come home with two podium finishes as she won a bronze medal in both the shot put and discus events. Cathryn was the only athlete from the state of Georgia to be chosen and helped continue to distinguish herself as an athlete in the sport. Just a year ago, she was named an All-American for the 2017 Paralympic Track and Field Team.
Gray was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy but does not allow it to define who she is or what people expect of her. Mike Higgins, the Head Track & Field Coach at Centennial HS, has coached Cathryn and speaks highly of her drive and determination. “Cathryn is extremely dedicated and works very hard to excel in her sport,” Higgins said. “But what’s so awesome about her is that she takes as much joy and pleasure in seeing her teammates excel. Her teammates sometimes enjoy coming to practice to see her more than coming to train. She’s a leader.”
Cathryn is now ranked in the top five in the world in discus and javelin. Everyone at Centennial celebrates Cathryn’s most recent accomplishment and look forward to seeing what she will do in the future to represent her school, state, and country in track and field.