Georgia Blazers Light up Track at Junior Nationals

Bryan Powell (15) and Colin Lancaster (7) represented the Georgia Blazers’ Track and Field team at the 2011 National Junior Disability Championships being held in Saginaw, MI.  Powell and Lancaster came to Saginaw concentrating on 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter races. Day two of the track and field competition included the 1500 meter and 100 meter races. The 1500 meter races were up first, which gave Bryan and Colin time to mentally prepare for their 100 meter races. Weeks of practice in the Georgia heat prepared them for what turned out to be a 90+ degree day as a July heat wave continued to spread across most of the country.

Bryan Powell, third from left, at the starting line prior to his national record setting performance in the 100m sprint.

Veteran Blazer Bryan Powell raced first and had stiff competition in the U17/T33 division. Facing a strong head wind (-1.5 wind gauge reading), Powell pushed a near flawless race and finished in front with a time of 28.23 establishing a new national record, his third national record in two days.

Colin Lancaster, third from the left, prepares to start the 100m sprint race where he set a personal best record in finishing second in the event.

Fifteen heats later, rookie Colin Lancaster had his National Championship track debut in the 100 meters. Colin racing in the U11/T54 division also faced strong competition and was at a slight disadvantage being the youngest competitor in the race. After a shaky start Colin pushed a great race, placing second with a time of 27.59, just off the first place time of 27.38.

Track competition continues on Friday, July 22 with both Bryan and Colin competing in the 200 meter and 800 meter races.

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Blazers Excel at NJDC in Field Events

Bryan Powell sets National Record in Javelin

Bryan Powell sets national record of 10.2 meters with this throw.

Competing in the T33 U17 javelin, Bryan won gold and set a new national record with a toss of 10.20 meters, surpassing his personal best of 8.60 meters. Bryan is also the national record holder in the club throw.

Colin Lancaster sets personal best in shotput

Competing in the T55 U11 shotput, Colin had a personal best throw of 2.75 meters.

Colin prepares to let the shot fly for a personal best throw.

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In the News – Week of July 18

2011 Boccia Nationals

The 2011 US Boccia Nationals will take place July 28-31 in Elmhurst, IL where individual and pairs competition will be contested.  More than 40 athletes and 37 coaches registered for the tournament representing nine states across the nation. With the London 2012 Paralympic Games next year, US Boccia athletes will be vying for ranking points. For more information please visit: http://www.blazesports.org/sports/boccia

Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships started last Friday, July 15 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The event sanctioned by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is the first-ever World Championship for young women in the under-25 age group and represents a milestone in the ongoing popularity of the sport. Team USA advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round (scheduled on Tuesday, July 19) after winning over Mexico, Australia, and Great Britain; it will face Team Mexico. Team Canada also moved to Tuesday’s quarterfinal after recording victories against Germany, Japan, and Russia.  For more information please visit: http://www.iwbf.org

World Archery Para Championships

The International Archery Federation’s 2011 World Archery Para Championships finished its successful tournament yesterday. Team Russia – Oyun Mikhail, Tuchinov Timur, and Shestakov Oleg – dominated the Men’s Team Recurve (Open) event and Team China – Gao Fangxia, Yan Huilian, and Xiao Yanhong – won the overall Women’s Team Recurve (Open) event. Para-archery is one of the 20 sports that will be played at the London 2012 Paralympic Games which get underway on 29 August 2012. For more information and live stats, please visit www.2011.to

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In the News – Week of July 11

ESPY Award Winners in Disability Sport Honored

Anthony Robles and Mallory Weggemann.

Last night’s ESPY Awards featured more than tuxedoed athletes not laughing at Seth Meyers’ jokes. It also saw big wins for two athletes with disabilities. Mallory Weggemann dominated last year’s IPC World Championships in swimming, taking home nine gold medals and one silver and breaking an incredible nine world records in the process. She adds the ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability to her already sizable hardware collection. Anthony Robles’ achievements are no less amazing. Competing for Arizona State University, Robles throttled opponents with twice as many legs as him and went on to win the NCAA Wrestling Championship in the 125-pound weight class. He took home the ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability and the Jimmy V. Award for Perseverance.

BlazeSports congratulates Anthony, Mallory, and all the other athletes honored last night.

 

PyeongChang, South Korea Selected Host city for 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announced last week that PyeongChang, South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Three cities were in the running for the 2018 Games – Annecy, France; Munich, Germany; and PyeongChang.  All three cities put forth excellent plans for hosting the Paralympic Games a part of their bids.  Congratulations to PyeongChang on winning the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. You can read the IPC press release on the announcement at: http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/General_News/2011_07_06_a.html

IPC Swimming European Championships

Ukraine, Great Britain, and Spain topped the medal count at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships. More than 440 swimmers from 36 nations participated in the championships held in Berlin, Germany last week.  The event is one of the last major competitions before the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  For results and more information please visit: http://www.ecswimming2011.com/cms/en/index-en.html#spobox=/sa-09-07-finals-teil-6

US Track and Field Expert Appointed to IPC Athletics

Troy Engle, head coach for the US Paralympic team, has been appointed the Vice Chairman of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Sport Technical Committee. Engle has deep experience in the sport leading high performance programs and coaching national teams.  The expertise he brings to IPC will prove invaluable for the sport.  To read the IPC press release go to: http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/General_News/2011_06_30_d.html

ESPY Awards Honor Athletes with Disabilities

For this year’s ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards US Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Mallory Weggemann won Best Female Athlete with a Disability and Anthony Robles of Arizona State won Best Male Athlete with a Disability for securing the NCAA wrestling championship in his weight class despite being born with one leg. For the full story go to: http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/6767665/2011-espy-awards-winners-revealed-los-angeles

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