Meeting the swift, strong and enduring

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

I love shooting sports, capturing the excitement and emotion, the action and reaction. It’s fast and fun. And sometimes you get to have peanuts and popcorn.

Most of my photo assignments at the Kentucky Department of Education involve what’s happening in the classroom, not on the field. So I was excited to visit the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville for the 36th annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games. The event is held for blind and visually impaired students ages 3 to 14. Kentucky students compete with students from Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. They compete in a variety of races, long jump and shot put events.

I covered this event my first year working at the department in 2007. And while I’ve been to KSB many times since, I was glad to be able to return to this event.

Analisa Stevenson celebrates winning a blue ribbon in the 60 meter dash with her dad, Shaft Stevenson, during the Kentucky School for the Blind's 36th annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games. She is a 2nd-grade student at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School (Jefferson County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Analisa Stevenson celebrates winning a blue ribbon in the 60-meter dash with her dad, Shaft Stevenson, during the Kentucky School for the Blind’s 36th Annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games. She is a 2nd-grade student at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School (Jefferson County).
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Hayden Ashley, a 3rd-grader at the Kentucky School for the Blind, jumps to KSB teacher Todd Johnson. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Hayden Ashley, a 3rd-grader at the Kentucky School for the Blind, jumps to KSB teacher Todd Johnson.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
TaQuonne Burnett, a 7th-grade student at Meyzeek Middle School (Jefferson County), won a blue ribbon with a throw of 43 feet. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
TaQuonne Burnett, a 7th-grade student at Meyzeek Middle School (Jefferson County), took a blue ribbon with a throw of 43 feet.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Kentucky School for the Blind students Mickie Froard and Gracie Smith compete together during a tandem race that pairs a blind student with a visually impaired student. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Kentucky School for the Blind students Mickie Froard and Gracie Smith compete together during a tandem race that pairs a blind student with a visually impaired student.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Third-grade student Naomi Williams competes in the running long jump. She is a student at Heartland Elementary School in Hardin County. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Third-grade student Naomi Williams competes in the running long jump. She is a student at Heartland Elementary School in Hardin County.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Volunteer Lauren Nallia, an 8th-grade home-schooled student, Jasmine Johnson, a 7th-grade student at Owsley County High School, volunteer Claire Donan, a 7th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) and Nicole Arnett, a 7th-grade student at Robert D. Campbell Junior High School (Clark County) became fast friends and exchanged contact information during the Kentucky School for the Blind's 36th Annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games for children ages 3-14 who are blind and visually impaired. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Volunteer Lauren Nallia, an 8th-grade home-schooled student, Jasmine Johnson, a 7th-grade student at Owsley County High School, volunteer Claire Donan, a 7th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) and Nicole Arnett, a 7th-grade student at Robert D. Campbell Junior High School (Clark County) became fast friends and exchanged contact information during the Kentucky School for the Blind’s 36th Annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games for children ages 3-14 who are blind and visually impaired.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Luke Hagan, a 2nd-grade student at KSB, is first out at the start of the 200-meter race. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014
Luke Hagan, a 2nd-grade student at KSB, is first out at the start of the 200-meter race.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 30, 2014

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