Tori Lynch

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WAND) -- Illinois School for the Visually Impaired's Tori Lynch is one of just 10 girls in the country to be chosen for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes' "Emerging Stars ID Camp" later this month in Colorado Springs.


The training program is meant to prepare athletes for the U.S. Paralympic program in five sports: swimming, goal ball, triathlon, track and field, plus judo. Athletes are chosen for their athletic skills as well as their academic and community accolades.

This is Lynch's second time being featured in a Hero of the Week segment after the ISVI and Illinois School for the Deaf hosted a regional wrestling tournament this past school year.


Week 1: Irina Yeakley, Decatur Christian
Week 2: Ethan Osborne, Mt. Zion Junior High
Week 3: Illinois School for the Visually Impaired Wrestling
Week 4: George Johns, Jr., Holy Family
Week 5: Calvin Carson, Big Kings Basketball
Week 6: Terry Mason, Decatur
Week 7: Jarius Ingram, Warrensburg-Latham
Week 8: Anaya Peoples, Schlarman
Week 9: Myshaun Dozier, MacArthur
Week 10: Challenger League
Week 11: Adam Miller, Gatorade Player of Year

Week 12: Stanley Rodgers, St. Teresa
Week 13: Tori Lynch, Illinois School for the Virtually Impaired


Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur
Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville
Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin
Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian
Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur
Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 
Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois
Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur
Week 9: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski
Week 10: Moe Dampeer
Week 11: Sister Jean, Loyola
Week 12: Reilly Fitzpatrick, Maroa-Forsyth
Week 13: Volunteers of Decatur Turkey Tournament
Week 14: Nick Allegretti, Illinois
Week 15: Taylorville Tornadoes
Week 16: Scotty Gilkey, Eastern Illinois