Lexington aquatic center to honor teen killed in crash


SURE HER LEGACY LIVES ON… FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. TONIGHT… COACHES AND TEAMMATES OF A YOUNG WOODFORD COUNTY SWIMMER… KILLED IN A CRASH.. HAVE A SPECIAL TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR HER. 18-YEAR-OLD MADDIE JACKSON DIED EARLIER THIS MONTH… IN THE CRASH ON VERSAILLES ROAD IN LEXINGTON. SHE SWAM FOR THE “BLUEGRASS MARLINS.” NOW.. THE TEAM’S NEW AQUATIC CENTER.. WILL BE NAMED FOR MADDIE. GARRETT WYMER HAS OUR TOP STORY AT 11. IN THE POOL WHERE SHE USED TO SWIM… MADDIE JACKSON’S TEAMMATES CONTINUE TO TRAIN… GETTING READY FOR A RACE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO COMPETE IN HERSELF. BUT LIFE…SADLY…HAD OTHER PLANS. “So what we would like to show right now is just show pictures of Maddie doing great things. Like a picture of her racing. She was a fearless racer.” NOW KEHRT SAYS THE BLUEGRASS MARLINS WANT TO HONOR MADDIE… DEDICATING THEIR AQUATIC CENTER TO A GIRL HE SAYS WAS A MENTOR AND ROLE MODEL TO HER PEERS. “Coach Kehrt says after the crash that took Maddie’s life, there was only one name that would be fitting for the aquatic center here.” “From the moment they walk into the door, this center will be 100 percent dedicated to Maddie and the impact she had on us.” HOPING TO PASS ON TO EVERY SWIMMER WHO COMES HERE… THE VERY MISSION STATEMENT MADDIE STROVE TO LIVE BY… “My name is Maddie Jackson…” WRITING THIS JUST MONTHS BEFORE HER DEATH. “I will put my teammates first. I will perform to the best of my abilities. I will respect my coaches and learn as much as possible from them. I will not give up on any race. I will glorify God in everything I do.” IN LEXINGTON… GARRETT WYMER… W-K-Y-T. COACH KEHRT SAYS YOU CAN HELP BY BUYING A COMMEMORATIVE BRICK TO BE PUT ON THE WALL INSIDE THE AQUATIC CENTER. HE SAYS WHEN IT’S FINISHED… ANYONE WHO WALKS INSIDE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE IMPACT MADDIE HAD ON THE COMMUNITY.

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