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Slip-up Means Wake Equestrian Can't Compete At Special Olympics

Posted June 30, 2003 3:55 a.m. EDT

— Parents of a young equestrian with a disability are trying to get her into the state Special Olympics after an oversight with her entrance form.

Zoey Betts trained for months to be a contestant for the Olympics' equestrian championship this coming weekend.

Special Olympics officials never received her entrance form but her coach and her parents are asking them to make an exception and let her participate.

Keith Fishburne, president of

Special Olympics North Carolina

, said there are no plans to make exceptions.

Zoey was born with only half her brain stem and five percent of her cerebellum. She has partial paralysis on her left side, poor vision in her left eye and is deaf in her left ear.