WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Ten-year-old Johanna Dismuke from Nicholasville was born with a type of dwarfism, which means her arms and legs are shorter than average.
Her mom says that has made it hard to play sports with her peers, an essential activity to build confidence, but Johanna loves to swim, shoot arrows, and run track.
She has earned a spot in the Dwarf Games, an international competition for those with dwarfism.
“Since she had gone to the conference last year, her confidence just changed. It just changed to the point that she’s like, ‘Ok, I can do this, I can do anything,'” Johanna’s Mother, Heather Dismuke, said.
julie hartley, johanna’s coach for 2 years-“I would say the first couple of months that she was shooting archery, she had some challenges, you know? It’s not easy and you can get discouraged when things don’t move as quickly as you like, and she has always been determined to overcome that,” Julie Hartley, Johanna’s coach, said.
The games are in Canada this year and Johanna’s family needs some help getting her there. For more on how you can help out, take a look at Johanna’s Go Fund Me page.