It was Lydia’s Day
LOCK HAVEN — Lydia Wert, granddaughter of Richard and Phyllis Wert and Mike and Sue Foust, all of Lock Haven, won big with Team Pennsylvania in the Special Olympics competition in Seattle, Wash.
Lydia swam a 25-yard freestyle race and 25-yard back stroke, earning gold medals in both races. Her time in the freestyle event was fastest in the nation. Second place medals were also awarded to Lydia, who was a member of two relay teams.
Due to her performance in the Special Olympics, Lydia carried the Olympic torch for a family festival at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
The jumbo-tron screen focused on Lydia as she led 25 Special Olympians and 25 law enforcement officers across the famous field.
Families of Pennsylvania Special Olympic competitors were able to see the six Super Bowl trophies won by the Steelers, meet the team members and several football legends and watch a two-hour practice game.
Lydia, who is from Aliquippa, Pa., is a member of Beaver County Special Olympics. Her parents are both active in the group as coaches and chaperones.
Lydia is the daughter of Keith and Wendy (Foust) Wert, formerly of Lock Haven. Her great-grandfather, Jim Ritter, lives in Altoona.