Fidelco client heads to Rio

Over the first weekend of July, visually impaired Navy veteran Brad Snyder qualified to represent Team USA in the Rio Paralympic games with the help of his Fidelco guide dog Gizzy.

Snyder swam in high school and was captain of the U.S. Naval Academy’s swim team. After graduating from the academy, he became a lieutenant in the Navy and served in Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. In 2011, Snyder lost his sight from an IED explosion.

For his rehabilitation process, Snyder returned to the pool and earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic National Team after a few months of training. Snyder won two gold medals and one silver in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Snyder, who was partnered with Gizzy in June 2013, also won three gold medals in the 2015 Glasgow IPC World Championships.

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games take place Sept. 7-18, with swimming medal events Sept. 8-17.

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation provides German Shepherd guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals at no cost. One of Fidelco’s two campuses is on Cannon Road in Wilton. To learn more about Fidelco, visit
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