Gabriela Durgin

"I have learned to accept what happened and turn it into something beautiful that can help other overcome what I and many other have had to overcome."

Gabriela started playing recreational (club) softball when she was 6 years old, and continued playing until around age 11 or 12. At that point, she moved on to competitive softball until a car accident in 2021 left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her current hobbies include coaching softball and crocheting where she enjoys making customized gifts for close family and friends. Prior to the car accident, Gabriela was planning on playing softball in college. She continues to participate in her passion, softball, as a catching coach for a travel softball team where she enjoys giving players pointers and leading catchers drills. Gabriela is the first Swim With Mike scholarship recipient to attend Southern Oregon University.