MADISON (WKOW) — Skye McDermott sets her goals pretty high.
“When I was younger, I said,’I want to be an Olympian.’ I was told it’s a big dream. So, I’ve got to work,” says the 14-year old.
McDermott wasted no time getting to work. She arrived at Madison Elite Volleyball and explained her goals to Rod Wilde.
“She came into our club two years ago and literally said,’Rod, I want to be a setter,'” remembers the coach and player development coordinator.
Wilde has trained many setters. However, Skye was his first athlete to be born with only one hand.
“I was raised that I was not any different than anybody else,” says McDermott, who suffered from amniotic band syndrome. “So, I believe that I’m able to do more things with my one hand than people can do with two. So, I never really had a doubt.”
Indeed, McDermott adapted and found a unique way to legally set the ball.
“Nobody tells my daughter that she can’t do anything,” says Renee McDermott. “If somebody tells her she can’t do something, she’s going to prove them wrong, and she’s going to do it. So, she became a setter.”
The Evansville student has excelled on the court. She was recently named to the USA Paralympic Beach Volleyball Team. She competed this past weekend in the Beach Para Volley Standing World Series in China. She led her squad to a silver medal.
“Really nice,” she says of her medal. “I’m still striving to get gold though. So, that’s at the top of my list.”
For McDermott, that medal is just the beginning. She truly believes the sky is the limit.
“Now, I’m ready to go to the next level and keep working up until I’m at the top…I’m hungry, and I’m ready to eat. So, I’m ready for it.”