Meet Momo – an aspiring Paralympian, violinist, creative writer and Shriners Children’s patient ambassador. Now, after participating in Season 5 of BYU TV’s All-Round Champion (ARC) series, she can add reality TV star to her list of accomplishments.
ARC is a series in which elite athletes compete against others in their signature sporting events. During weekly podium ceremonies, medals are awarded to those who excel athletically, and “shout-out” points are given to those exhibiting great sportsmanship. Season 5 was the show’s first to feature all para athletes.
Momo, 16, is a champion swimmer who was born with scoliosis and a congenital amputation of her right arm. She was treated at the Shriners Children’s locations in St. Louis and Florida. On the show, Momo was often applauded for her positive attitude, so it’s no surprise that she received four different “shout-outs” throughout the season for persistence, infectious energy, tenacity and being “hungry to learn.” Whether she was taking on rock climbing or sailing, Momo proved that having a limb difference makes no difference at all.
“Discovering how to adapt to take on challenges is [every para athlete’s] bread and butter, and seeing us all grow throughout our time on ARC has taught me to always keep an open mind,” Momo said.
FUN FACT: Momo’s “violin arm” assisted her during wheelchair track week. It was an amazing nod to Momo’s versatility and to the Shriners Children’s Pediatric Prosthetic and Orthotic Services (POPS) team for empowering her with the arm she needs to thrive in any situation.
Was Momo crowned the season 5 “All-Round Champion?” To find out, stream the show at BYUtv.org.