In the News for the Week of November 6, 2011

Georgia Blazers Open 2011-2012 Wheelchair Basketball Season

The Georgia Blazers Wheelchair Basketball team opens their 2011-12 season at the Winter Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament being held in Concord, North Carolina.  The Blazers are coming off a strong 2010-11 season with the Varsity squad finishing in the top 16 and the Prep squad finishing as the best Prep team in the Southeast. The Blazers’ Varsity team will play 4 games in two days, facing the Lakeshore Foundation (AL), the Junior Thunder (NC), the Charlotte Bobcats (NC) and Music City (TN). The Blazers’ Prep Team will play 5 games against three teams, facing the Junior Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats twice and a single game against Music City.

Follow the Georgia Blazers on Twitter and Facebook as score form our games are posted throughout the weekend.

November 7 – BlazeSports Offers Train-the Trainer Archery Workshop at Fort Stewart

BlazeSports staff and Level 4 USA Archery Instructor Ginger Hopwood will be implementing a day long Train-the Trainer USA Archery Level 1 Instructor certification clinic for staff of Fort Stewart’s Warrior Transition Unit. Archery is one of the most popular sports for WTU service members.  Once trained, WTU staff will organize a ongoing archery program at Fort Stewart so WTU service members will be able to train for the annual Warrior Games as well as the inter-installation competitions held between Forts Benning, Stewart, Gordon and Jackson.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the IPC Academy, has launched an online course for individuals interested becoming a Technical Official in the sport of Athletics. The course, which is a 15 to 24 hour online learning program, is intended to provide an entry point to those looking to get involved in officiating IPC Athletics. Individuals who complete the course will be equipped with a greater knowledge, skill-set and competence of what is expected as a Technical Official.

Ade Adepitan, Great Britain Paralympian and one of the key personalities leading GB Channel 4’s coverage of London 2012,  had his specially-adapted car and wheelchair stolen by a gang of thieves in Chiswick in West London this week. Adepitan and the police are appealing to the public for assistance in locating his white BMW X5 car, emblazoned with the distinctive London 2012 logo, and the items in the vehicle including Adepitan’s expensive, specially adapted sports wheelchair.

Disability Sports Namibia (DSN) received significant financial support this week when Namibian utilities provider NamPower donated approximately $600,000 to help their preparations for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) Chief Executive, who also extended funding to the team, called upon the corporate world to follow their lead and support Namibia’s Paralympians.  Six Namibian Paralympians have qualified for London 2012.

The Jamaican Paralympic team also received a major funding boost this week just ahead of the 2011 Parapan American Games. Their sponsors Jamaica Beverages helped fund the team competing in Mexico after a cash infusion of  $1.3 million (£807,000/€920,000) . Earlier this year the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) also received $1 million (£620,000/€707,000) from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).

Tatyana McFadden, 2010 NYC Female Wheelchair Marathon Champion, donated her 2010 NYC Marathon gold medal to Orphanage 13 in Russia where she spent her first six years. She presented the medal to the Orphanage staff during a visit with her mother to St. Petersburg this year.

The United States House of Representatives this week approved a 3.6 percent increase in veterans disability compensation for the coming year, sending the measure to the White House for final approval. The President is expected to sign the measure into law in the next few days. This will mark the first cost-of-living adjustment for disabled veterans since 2008.

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