FORT WAYNE – Local inline speed skater Brian Gettys and his grandson, Aaron, have been training and competing together for years.
In November, Gettys dropped his grandson off at the airport and sent him to Seattle for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The National SpeedSkating Circuit, the only professional inline skating league, was holding qualifications for its fifth season.
Aaron was going to Seattle on his own.
“It was time to let him go out by himself and see what he could do,” Brian said.
Aaron, 16, relished the opportunity to prove that he could not only compete with the professionals, but that he could do it by himself.
“It was one of the first times in my life that I felt grown up,” Aaron said. “The only down part about it was that I didn’t really have a cheering section.”
While Aaron was competing to become one of the top 28 skaters at the NSC trials, Brian and the rest of the family were at home in Fort Wayne watching the trials online.