Arkansas Tech University alumna Kaitlin Bounds has been selected to represent the United States as a member of Team USA in track and field at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, France. Bounds, who was diagnosed with autism at age 4, is among 45 athletes who earned an invite to represent the US based on their performance at the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. She qualified for Team USA as a middle-distance runner.
This is not Bounds’ first time representing her country; she also competed for Team USA during the 2017 event in London, England. However, this selection is still significant for Bounds and serves as a testament to her hard work and dedication to her craft.
Bounds’ athletic journey began during her time at Arkansas Tech University where she earned four letters as a member of the cross country program. In 2010, she was named an All-Gulf South Conference athlete and was a multiple all-conference academic honoree due to her outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom. She graduated from ATU with a BA in history in 2014.
The fact that Bounds has achieved so much despite facing significant challenges makes her accomplishments even more inspiring. Her success serves as an inspiration not only to those who face similar obstacles but also to anyone who dreams of achieving greatness.
It’s worth noting that US Paralympics is dedicated to becoming “the world leader in the Paralympic movement” by promoting excellence in the lives of people with disabilities, including physical disabilities and visual disabilities. The organization’s commitment to inclusivity makes it possible for athletes like Bounds to pursue their passion for sports while also making meaningful contributions towards creating a more equitable society.
The final outcome, Kaitlin Bounds’ selection for Team USA is a remarkable achievement that highlights her talent, hard work, and perseverance. It is said to be, Bounds will compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris from July 26 to August 4, 2023. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her represent the United States on the world stage.