Two Whitefield Alumni Compete in Summer Olympic Games
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 9/19/2016

Alumni Naomy Grand’Pierre (’15) and Matt Simpson (’08) fulfilled their Olympic dreams when they competed in the Rio Summer Games in August and September of 2016.

Grand’Pierre made history by becoming the first female swimmer to represent Haiti in the Olympic swimming competition. She finished her Olympic debut as 56th out of 88 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle race after coming in second in her heat and posted a time of 27.46 seconds, about three seconds off the top time. Grand’Pierre is a sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she is a member of the women’s swimming and diving team. She is a former member of the state championship WolfPack swimming team and the Atlanta Dolphins swim team.

Simpson competed in the Paralympics as a member of the U.S. men’s goalball team and took home a silver medal with his teammates after a hard-fought loss against Lithuania. They beat Germany and host-nation Brazil to advance to the finals, where he scored four goals in the game. Simpson serves on the United States Olympic Committee Advisory Council and is a board member of the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a physical rehabilitation center serving those with physical disabilities. He is also a member of the design committee for the new Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and facilitates national Paralympic training for military veterans who have lost their vision during deployment – all while preparing to attend law school in the fall.