Blazers Take on Dixie Games!

BlazeSports America made a little history this weekend by entering their first junior and adult combined track and field team in the Dixie Games.  Five juniors and four veterans with disabilities traveled to Tampa for the annual Dixie Games. BlazeSports traditionally served children and young adults, until 2009 when the organization began working with US Paralympics and the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide programs to Georgia veterans with disabilities.

The junior squad kicked off Saturday’s competition with field events.  All five athletes were competing to qualify for the National Junior Disability Championships in Meza, AZ in July.  Curran Brown, Josh Joines, Bryan Powell, Cameron Elzey, and Collin Lancaster competed in shot put, discus, and javelin disciplines.  Results from the field events competition are as follows:

Junior Blazers Shot put Discus Javelin
Curran Brown 5.17 9.76 11.35
Cameron Elzey 3.11 5.80 7.27
Josh Joines 5.74 13.03 14.68
Collin Lancaster 3.23 6.03 7.44
Bryan Powell 4.86 10.92 10.79

 

Bryan Powell competing in the F33 shotput scores a 4.86 meter performance.

Collin Lancaster records a 6.03 meter throw in the discus in the U11 division.

 

Curran Brown had a winning javelin throw of 11.35 mters.

The Blazers were busy during the track and field session of the event as well. The junior athletes raced in the 100m, 200m, and 400m events. Veterans Rodney Roscoe and Ce-Ce Mazych competed in track as well as field events while Darrell Fisher and Marvin Brown rounded out the team’s effort in the shot put, discus and javelin. Blazer’s Track Results:

100 m

200 m

400 m

Collin Lancaster

29.94*

54.17*

1.57*

Cameron Elzey

28.41

57.49

1.54

Josh Joines

26.79

46.22

1.32

Bryan Powell

29.94*

54.17*

1.57*

Curran Brown

24.51*

57.49

1.54

Ce-Ce Mazych

24.03

44.99

Rodney Roscoe

35.86

*Qualifies for NJDC

Despite head winds the junior Blazers qualified for the National Junior Disability Championships in 7 out of 15 track events and everyone on the team qualified in the field disciplines. On the adult side, Ce-Ce Mazych former Army Airborne, worked to improve her standing as a US Paralympic emerging military athlete in field events while racing in only her second track meet. Ce-Ce is taking advantage of BlazeSports’ Equipment Loan Program borrowing a racing wheelchair while she explores wheelchair racing as a sport.

Ce-Ce Mazych, former Army Airborne paratrooper, competing in the shotput.

Air Force veteran Darrell Fisher experimented with a new throwing chair in the field events.  Darrell and Ce-Ce travel to Arizona and Oklahoma for upcoming competitions as they prepare for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in June.  Marvin Brown and Rodney Roscoe competed in their first ever Dixie Games.

Rodney Roscoe, former Marine, competes in the javelin for the first time.

Darrell Fisher using a new model Eagle throwing chair.

 

On Sunday, Collin Lancaster and Cameron Elzey competed in their first ever swim meet as members of the Georgia Blazers Swim Team.  Collin swam in the U11 division 25 Free in a time 42.44 and the 25 Back in 53.18. Cameron represented the Blazers in the U14 division and recorded a time of 45.6 in the 25 Free and a 45.07 in the 25 Back.  Both Collin and Cameron qualified for NJDC in their swim events. For complete results visit the Dixie Games website at:  http://dixiegames.com/games.html

Curran Brown and Ce-Ce Nazych each received special recognition for their efforts this weekend as the Dixie Games Organizing Committee presented each athlete with the Spirit of Excellence Award.  Recipients of this award are selected for exceptional effort, sportsmanship, knowledge of the sport, and effectiveness as role models. Ce-Ce was honored as the adult female athlete in field and Curran received the award for the junior female athlete in track. Congratulations to Ce-Ce and Curran on this recognition.

Curran Brown received the Spirit of Excellence Award.

Ce-Ce Mazych received the Spirit of Excellence Award.

In 2013 the Dixie Games will return to Georgia and BlazeSports will serve as host. For more information about the Dixie Games visit their website via the link above. For information about being a volunteer for the 2013 Dixie Games please contact Jeff Jones at jjones@blazesports.org.

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