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Cathryn Gray


Cathryn Gray

Year: Junior Honors Student, James Angell Scholar

Major: Arts and Ideas in the Humanities with a focus in education, advocacy, and marketing

Minor: Intergroup Relations; Facilitative Leadership Track

Cathryn Gray is from Atlanta, Georgia and was the first female adaptive athlete at University of Michigan. She has cerebral palsy and is an internationally ranked adaptive track and field athlete ranked in the top five in the world in Discus and Javelin in the F35 classification. Cathryn was designated as US Paralympic High School All American in track and field, and also Women’s Sports Foundation National Ambassador/Travel and Training Grant recipient. She is a 4-time Gold Medalist at the Desert Challenge Grand Prix, a Bronze Medalist at the World Cerebral Palsy Games in San Cugat Spain, and currently holds US National Records in Javelin and Discus.

Sophomore Year

  • Move United Junior Nationals; Shot Put 4.49m; Discus 13.91m; Javelin 8.85m

  • Desert Challenge; Shot Put 4.78m; Discus 14.94m; Javelin 10.71m

  • Great Lakes Games; Shot Put 4.85m; Discus 13.92m; Javelin 8.27m

Freshman Year

  • Desert Challenge; Shot Put; 2nd place 4.67m; Discus; 1st place 17.11m; Javelin; 1st place 9.86m;


  • 2017 2018 2019 - US Paralympic High School Track & Field All American

  • 2017 2018 2019 - Top 4 World Para Ranking in Javelin and Discus

  • Adaptive Sports USA Team USA selection for World Games teams – Thailand 2020, England

  • World CP Games Bronze Medal in Shot Put and Discus representing USA Team in Sant Cugat

  • 2019 High School Heisman Trophy Trust Winner

  • 2018 2019 - Centennial High School Track and Field Varsity Athlete; Georgia State Champion in

  • Adaptive Sports USA Jr. National Champion in Shot Put, Javelin, Discus, 100m

  • GLASA Team Member

  • Disabled Sports USA Elite Team Selection

  • Women’s Sports Foundation Ambassador and Grant Recipient

  • Challenged Athlete Foundation Grant Recipient

  • 2x 2020 Centennial High School Excalibur Award for outstanding athlete in the school based on


  • Literature Science and Arts Honors Student with an Honors Thesis

  • 2x James B. Angell Scholar

  • 3.94 GPA

  • 2022 ASF Academic Award

  • Coca-Cola Scholar 2020 National Scholarship Recipient

  • Microsoft disAbility National Scholarship

  • Rotary Power of One Scholarship

  • P.E.O Scholarship Recipient


  • My life goal is to make sure that people with disabilities have a voice and are represented in

  • Pure Grit: Stories of Remarkable People Living with Physical Disability Contributing Author

  • The Positive Athlete: 100 Inspirational Stories of High School Student Athletes Contributing

  • 2020 Congressional Speaker for cerebral palsy funding

  • Vice President of Inclusion for Pi Beta Phi, University of Michigan

  • Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ambassador

Academics - High school

  • Graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Centennial High School

  • Selected as the Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup honoree 2020 as the outstanding Centennial

  • Scholar-Athlete for an A average all 4 years

  • National AP Scholar, National Honor Society

  • PTSA, Foundation of the Fine Arts and Positive Athlete Scholarships

Cathryn Gray
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