PHOENIX, Arizona, October 14. SWIMMING World is proud to announce that senior writer John Lohn has been honored with inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best American Sports Writing book.
Lohn's article for the Delco Times about blind swimmer Matt Wallace called Taking the Plunge tells an inspirational tale about Wallace's participation with the Monsignor Bonner Friars. Wallace was born without eyes with a condition called bilateral anophthalmia.
"Before I got to Bonner, I was in a cocoon," Wallace told Lohn as part of the article. "I didn't really have a concept of the real world and that's what I've been shown."
It took Lohn less than 2,000 words to relate Wallace's journey as a blind swimmer and inspiration to not only his team but to any spectators lucky enough to witness Wallace when he races. Additionally, outside of the pool, Wallace has a goal of moving into sports journalism and commentating.
Lohn's article is not reprinted in the book. It is one of 100 stories out of thousands in the country submitted that are featured in the book, with the top 20-25 actually reprinted.