Cady MacIver overcomes the odds to enjoy swimming career

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MINOT, N.D. - For 7-year-old Cady MacIver, swimming is part of life.

MacIver was born six-and-a-half weeks early and suffered a stroke during delivery, leaving her with a mild form of cerebral palsy. But that hasn't stopped her from excelling at the Minot Swim Club.

"It just gets my legs moving. I was kind of nervous, but my mom thought that it was so exciting for me," MacIver said.

MacIver has been swimming with the club for two years now. Minot Swim Club Instructor Patrice Mitchell has instructed blind students and others with Asperger's and A.D.D. She said she's impressed with how MacIver's been able to use both legs in the pool.

"She can turn her head easily and use her whole body. She's got a great kick. Cady's really headstrong where she wants to do well, she wants to succeed, so she's not going to let somebody get ahead of her," Mitchell said.

That determination has helped MacIver succeed in a traditional program instead of an adaptive one. She says she's come a long way.

"I just like to play hard and do some more stuff. When I was starting swimming, it was kind of hard for me. Every time I stopped swimming, I would just walk in the pool," MacIver said.

Mitchell has seen MacIver swim 30 laps in an hour and says she's proud of what MacIver has accomplished.

"When you watch somebody like Cady-- when she knows she has so many more obstacles than other children-- and she comes out just the same, she's an inspiration to a lot of people," Mitchell said.

MacIver is getting ready to compete in the Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports Triathlon in February.