HALEYVILLE - State Representative Tracy Estes had a special resolution to present at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting of the Haleyville City Council, honoring Doug Kennedy for his upcoming induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Kennedy, who has become known as a distinguished paralympian, holds many world records and awards, including the Sington Award as the Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year for the State of Alabama.
Kennedy was surrounded by friends and family while receiving the resolution from Estes in the City Hall courtroom. Joining Kennedy were his wife ,Gracie Kennedy; daughter, Tracy Martin and grandchildren Mason Martin and Maddie Grace Martin, along with lifelong friend and supporter Jim Masdon.
Kennedy's career began in 1987, when he won the silver medal in the Stoke-Mandeville games in Albany, England, in the penthalon. He then won two gold medals in the Goodwill Games in the 1500m in 1991. At the age of 33, he dominated as the top wheelchair racer in the United States, holding the world record for the 1500m, the 10K, the 15K and the five-mile races.
In 1992, he was a member of the United States Paralympic Team, of which he had also been a member in 1988.
‘“As he continues to inspire countless others, Mr. Kennedy is a epitome of commitment, diligence, heartand talent,” the resolution reads.
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