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Iowa Games Announces 2013 Marty McHone Athletes of the Year
AMES, IA – Gabby Brewer of Ames and Bridger Deaton of Otley have been named the Iowa Games 2013 Marty McHone Athletes of the Year. Both athletes will be presented their awards on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm during the annual Iowa Sports Foundation sponsorship reception at the Governor’s mansion at Terrace Hill in Des Moines.
Gabby Brewer, 18, has been a regular on the ice since the age of four. Growing up in Ames, she is no stranger to the Iowa Games either. For the past 12 years Brewer has participated in the annual sports festival, every year looking to accomplish more than the previous year. In 2013, Brewer took home first place in the Novice Artistic category. She can add this medal to the 13 gold and seven silver medals she has won in the Iowa Games over the years.
“I’ve enjoyed competing ever since I can remember,” stated Brewer. “Each day I spend on the ice is a challenge in some way and I love pushing my limits.”
The Iowa Games isn’t the only competition Brewer dominates at, however. Brewer is a two-time National Showcase Qualifier and 2013 National Showcase gold and silver medalist at her level. In 2012 she also earned a “Gold Medalist” title, a designation held by only 1% of the United States Figure Skating Membership. Brewer will be continuing competitive figure skating at the University of Denver in the fall of 2013.
While winning gold medals and achieving success is a big part of why she competes, Brewer also realizes that she is a role model to younger skaters and strives to be an athlete with high character and integrity. “This sport gives me a chance to set an example for those younger than me to work hard and go for your dreams,” commented Brewer.
Bridger Deaton, 19, is an up and coming star in Archery and 3D Archery and is becoming well known for his skills with the bow throughout the archery ranks.
Deaton placed first in the 2013 Summer Iowa Games in the men’s open class competition, the most challenging division in the Iowa Games. He can add this gold to the three other gold medals he has won in the annual sports festival. Deaton has competed in the Iowa Games since he was 11 in both Archery and 3D Archery. He has accumulated seven medals during that time frame competing against archers much older and more experienced.
At the age of 13, Deaton was diagnosed with type one diabetes and has been dealing with the illness for the majority of competitive career. While most would view this illness as a hindrance, Deaton doesn’t let it affect his way of life and even thinks it has helped shape him into the man he is today.
Deaton’s accomplishments are many. In addition to his gold medals earned in the Iowa Games, Deaton is also a 3-time team world champion and the current indoor world champion. He owns 2 world records and is currently ranked third in the nation in the professional ranks.
“Bridger has showed an admirable combination of humility, natural talent, maturity beyond his years, extremely dedicated practice, and performance under intense pressure,” commented Iowa Games Archery Commissioner Matt Graesch. “He has represented the United States several times in World-level archery competitions and won two gold medals in Poland in 2011 while on the US National Team.”
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