Gold Medal Paralympian and Advocate
Becca Meyers is a three-time Paralympian (2012, 2016, 2021) who has won six medals across all competitions: three gold, two silver and a bronze. She withdrew from the games in Tokyo in 2021 to protest the Olympic Committee's decision to ban personal assistants from the event, which placed undue hardship on her and many others who rely on those human resources to navigate the massive Olympic Village.
Meyers began to swim in 2000 at age of 6 in Baltimore. She has Usher syndrome and has been deaf since birth. From a young age she has used a cochlear implant, an electronic device that allows her to hear. At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she was the only deaf athlete on the U.S. Paralympic swim team.
Meyers is the daughter of Wade Mark Meyers and Maria Dachille Meyers, and has two siblings, Timothy and Elizabeth. She has a seeing eye dog named Birdie who was always inspired joy when seen with Meyers on campus during her time at F&M.
She won the Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Awards in 2015 and 2017.
More about Becca:
F&M's Becca Meyers - 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Highlights
Blind Paralympic Swimmer Spreading Optimism | Becca Meyers | Beacon Story
How Becca Meyers is Making Waves - Speedo USA
You Have To Watch It! | World Record Holder Rebecca Meyers | Para Swimming | Paralympic Games
Deaf-blind Paralympic gold medalist heartbroken after pulling out of Tokyo Games because her mom can't be there as personal care assistant