Monthly Archives: July 2012

Happy Anniversary ADA!

As our country marked the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act on July 26th, BlazeSports staff couldn’t help but note the many different ways our nation observed this historic day.

From the White House came a Presidential Proclamation in observance of the anniversary (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/26/presidential-proclamation-anniversary-americans-disabilities-act-2012)  along with a live streaming discussion of the state of disability policy with senior level administration officials.

From Capitol Hill came news that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) to the Senate making the treaty one step closer to ratification. http://www.usicd.org/template/index.cfm  (Thank you to all those who weighed in with your Senators in support of this treaty).

Perhaps one of the best testaments to how far we’ve come since the ADA is the 200+ junior athletes and coaches (including BlazeSports athletes, coaches, and families)  who travelled to Mesa this week to participate in 7 different competitions for individuals with physical disabilities. The competition has been a huge success to date, and nearly 600 volunteers from the local Mesa Arizona community have volunteered in support of this week-long event.

In these ways – and so many more – we have noted how far our nation has come since the ADA’s signing. There is always more work to do, however.

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Be Part Of The 2012 Paralympic Celebration

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Come celebrate the kick off of the London 2012 Paralympic Games with the legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games! Fun and festivities for all ages.

When: August 29, 2012, 6:00 PM

Where: The Solarium in the historic Oakhurst community, Decatur, GA

Who: You! (Open to the public, purchase tickets below)

Why: Create more opportunities for kids and veterans with physical disabilities to be active

What: Fun and festivities for all ages

Silent Auction – Door Prizes

Raffle – With possible prizes including:

- Spa Getaway
- Monteray Golf Getaway
- Napa Wine Getaway
- Sports Fan Getaway

Great Food – Entertainment

Meet the Georgia Blazers!

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BlazeSports joins with One World Futbol to distribute sustainable equipment

BlazeSports, thanks to a partnership with UEFA and One World Futbol, has managed to provide playing opportunities to those with disabilities in Haiti and Jordan with a football(soccer) that is “virtually-indestructible”!

The ball, which was created with funding, provided by the singer Sting, has allowed BlazeSports to place sustainable equipment in some of the most deprived areas of Haiti. First to try out the ball were children from a deaf organization in Croix des Bouquets. The children couldn’t believe how “realistic” the ball was and had great fun kicking it around their playing fields.

The group used the footballs during their summer camp in Maissade where these “all-terrain” balls were handed out to players. The young players were impressed by the balls handling and capability on the rocky terrain that they call their field. With the One World Futbol these children can forever enjoy their favorite pastime, without worrying where the next ball is coming from.

BlazeSports also delivered a coaching session in the Middle East where the next players to try out these “unique footballs” were players with disabilities in the City of Zarka in Jordan. A training session was also delivered to members of the Jordanian Cerebral Palsy National team. In doing so, it helped to raise the profile of disability football opportunities across the country. 

It is hope that if additional One World Futbol’s can be sourced that the balls will be distributed to the deprived border areas of Jordan where there is little or no opportunity to play in the country’s number one sport.

   
   

 

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BlazeSports 2012 Boccia National Championships Begin in Illinois

Boccia Nationals Championship Day

The final of the 2012 Boccia National Championships was indeed Championship Day, with national champions to be crowned on four competition divisions.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC1 Final Results

In the BC1 division semi-finals, Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS) the winner of Pool 1 lost to Kenney Johnson (IL) who advanced from the second BC1 pool by the score of 7-3.   Corneilus Oatis (OH) defeated Chris Viau (IL) 7-0 and advanced to the finals against Kenny Johnson (IL).   The final match with a well played defensive game, with Corneilus Oatis winning the Gold medal with a 5-3 score. In the playoff for the bronze medal, Lizzie Flora-Swick had a very close match against Chris Viau and won 3-2.

Gold: Corneilus Oatis (OH)

Silver: Kenny Johnson (IL). 

Bronze: Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS)

Click here for complete BC1 final results…

BC1 Bronze medalist, Lizzie Flora-Swick hanging out with Blaze after her match.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC2 Final Results

The BC2 division semi-finals Rafael DeJesus (NY) continued his strong play and won an overtime game against Marck Harrison (OH) to advance to the finals for the first time in his career.  2011 National Champion, AB Anwar (CA) played Brigid Mason (IL) in the second BC2 semi-final and advanced to the finals with a strong 7-0 win. Rafael DeJesus play an excellent game to beat the defending National Champion, 4-1 for the Gold. Marck Harrison won the Bronze with a 8-1 victory over Brigid Mason.

Gold: Rafael DeJesus (NY)

Silver: AB Anwar (CA)

Bronze: Marck Harrison (OH)

Click here for complete BC2 final results…

 

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC3 Final Results

The BC3 division had four quarter final matches. Austin Hanson (KS), Chris Peck (IL), Charlie Fleisch (NY) and Howie Cohen (NY) all advanced with quarter-final wins.  In the semi-finals, Austin Hanson (KS) was matched with Chris Peck (IL), while Charlie Fleisch (NY) faced teammate Howie Cohen (NY). Austin beat Chris 8-2 and Howie advanced to the final with a 5-4 win over Charlie. Austin Hanson was on his game for the final and won his 4th consecutive National Championship 13-0.

In the play-off for the Bronze medal, Charlie Fleisch (NY) won a very close match, 3-2, against Chris Beck (IL) to win the Bronze.

Gold: Austin Hanson (KS)

Silver: Howie Cohen (NY)

Bronze: Charlie Fleisch (NY)

Click here for complete BC3 final results…

Austin Hanson wins the BC3 national title in his last major competition before the competing in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC4 Final Results

For the first time in USA Boccia history the BC4 division was large enough to have a championship round.  Two veteran players met in the finals.  Charlie Brown (FL) just beat out Patrick Elliott (MO) for the Gold, 3-2. In the Bronze medal match, Denise Demello (FL) had a great game and out played Bethany Abbott (IL) 13-0.

Gold: Charlie Brown (FL)

Silver: Patrick Elliott (MO)

Bronze: Denise Demello

Charles Brown (FL) wins his second BC4 National Championship.

THANK YOU!

BlazeSports America would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their assistance:

Games Director: Sam Williams

Technical Delegate: Cathy Drobny

Competition Coordinator: Becky Prince

Special Organizing Assistants: Kathy Brinker, Bruce Ashby and Marybeth Jones

Head Classifier: Jim Little      Assistant: Sammie Williams

Head Official: Mary Knudsen

Tournament Officials: Harold Johnson, Gail Kohn, Cornell Markham Jennifer Smith-Mugnaini, Brenda Palmer, Louis Mitchell, Matt Corso, Lee Lobmeyer, Cathy Drobny and Jason Stubbeman

Volunteer Coordinators: Barb and Rich Rosenberg

2012 Games staff and Officials.

 

THANK YOU to the numerous AWESOME volunteers that gave of their time to lend to the success of the tournament!

Special thanks to:

World Sport Chicago and Susan Katz for their sponsorship

The City of Elmhurst Park and Recreation Department; Jim Rogers

York Community High School and John Rutter, Athletic Director

Gateway Special Recreation Association

Clarion Inn Elmhurst: Host Hotel

Transportation provide by:

 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

Rockford Park District

South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation

UCP of Nassau County

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

BlazeSports Boccia Sport Technical Committee:

Kathy Brinker, Cathy Drobny, Jeff Jones, Marybeth Jones, Mary Knudsen, JJ Lewis, Becky Prince, James Thomson

Lunch Sponsors: Click-fil-A, Wheaton (Gold Medal Sponsor), CiCi’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Jersey Mikes.

 

Special thanks to Chick-fil-A of Wheaton for sponsoring an awesome lunch!

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2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 3

Day 3 of the 2012 Boccia National Championships was the start of individual pool play in the four different divisions.  The top two players in each pool will advance to the championship rounds.  In the BC1 division 10 players competed in 2 pools of 5 players.  Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS) led the way in Pool 1 with four straight victories.  Chris Viau (IL) followed with three wins to advance to the finals. In the BC1 Pool 2, Corneilus Oatis (OH) was undefeated with four wins and Kenney Johnson (IL) also advanced to the final with 2 wins.

The BC2 division had a total of 12 players divided into two pools of six players.  In Pool 1, Rafael DeJesus (NY) dominated play with 5 straight wins. Brigid Mason (IL) finished second with four wins and advanced with Rafael to the final round. In the second BC2 Pool, AB Anwar (CA) advanced to the finals with 4 wins along with Marck Harrison (OH) who had 3 wins.

In the BC3 division, 17 players were divided into four pools.  2012 Paralympian Austin Hanson (KS) won four games and advanced with Bob Gustafson (IL) who had 3 wins in 4 games.  Pool 2 advanced Charlie Fleisch (NY) and Tony Randolph (IL) with 3 wins and 2 wins respectively.  In Pool 3 the NY Thunderbolts dominated and advanced 2 players, Mark Paramadani and Alex Plair. In the final BC3 pool, Chris Peck (IL), Howie Cohen (NY) and Fawad Zakai (GA) each had 2 wins. With only two players advancing to the finals, point differentials where used to determined who would advance. Point differential is the difference in points scored by a player and points allowed by a player.  The player with the highest difference advances.  In this case two of the three players advance which was Chris Peck and Howie Cohen who had differentials of 6 and 2 respectively compared to Fawad’s -2.

The BC4 division had it largest field ever with five players. Veteran Players Charles Brown (FL) and Patrick Elliot advanced to finals, each with 3 wins in preliminary play.

Championships rounds will include 18 players in the four different divisions and will be held on Sunday, July 29.

2012 Individual Pool Play Results

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2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 2

The competition of Paris and Teams play was the focus on Day 2 of competition at the 2012 BlazeSports America National Boccia Championships.

In the sixth round of BC3 Pairs play, ZS Dazzles lost to UCP #1, 4-1. The NY Thunderbolts had a shut out victory against UCP #2, 13-0 and Tournament Pair had a strong win over Fierce Friends, 6-1.

In the final round of the BC3 Pairs play Guess Who rolled past the NY Thunderbolts 7-1. UCP #1 continued strong and beat Tournament Pair, 6 – 1, and Fierce Friends were victorious over UCP #2.

The final results of BC3 Pairs play:  

Gold Medal: Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL)   

Silver Medal: NY Thunderbolts: (Charlie Fleisch, Howie Cohen and Mark Paramadani            

Bronze Medal: UCP #1 (Tony Randolph and Candace Gregg, IL)

4th place: Fierce Friends, (Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson, IL)

5th place: Tournament Pair: (Jimmy Miranda and Diana Berti, IL) 

6th place: ZS Dazzles: (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA)

 7th place: UCP #2                                             

Team

Wins

Losses

Guess Who

6

0

NY Thunderbolts

5

1

UCP 1

4

2

Tournament Pair

3

3

Fierce Friends

2

4

ZS Dazzels

1

5

 UCP 2

0

6

The BC4 Pairs competition was limited to only two Pairs, Team PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO) and Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott).  On Day 2 of the competition, the BC4 Pairs went head-to-head two additional times. The veteran Team PC continued to dominate the play and won two straight, 4-1 and 9-0.

Gold Medal BC4 Pairs: Team PC  PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO)

Silver Medal: Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott)                                                                                                                        

In Day 2 of competition in Team play (BC1 & BC2 players) the Kansas Tornadoes won strong over Lakeshore 12-4, while the NY Thunderbolts edged out the Columbus Jack Attack 5-4.

In the final round of Team play, the Windy City Warriors beat the NY Thunderbolts 6-3 and Lakeshore won over the Columbus Jack Attack 7-3.

The final results of Team play are:

Gold Medal: Kansas Tornadoes Kansas Tornados (Lizzie Flora-Swick, KS and AB Anwar, CA and Luke Labas, IN)

 Silver Medal: Windy City Warriors (Kurt Junger, Jack Berti, Brigid Mason and Matt Hiltner)

Bronze Medal: NY Thunderbolts (Danny Dalton, Keith Haarmann, Alberto Diaz and Rafael DeJesus)

4th place: Team Lakeshore (Kenny Johnson, IL, Chris Viau, IL and Brent Kanode, TX) 

 5th place: The Columbus Jack Attack (Keaira Wilkey, Cornelius Oatis and Marck Harrison)              

Team Wins Losses
Kansas Tornadoes

3

1

Windy City Warriors

3

1

NY Thunderbolts

2

2

Lakeshore

1

3

Columbus

1

3

 

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Day 1 Update:

2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 1

Paris and Teams play were the focus on Day 1 of competition at the 2012 BlazeSports America National Boccia Championships, at York High School in Elmhurst, IL.

First round of BC3 Pairs play, ZS Dazzles (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA) lost to independent players, Jimmy Miranda and Diana Berti, who partnered up for Pairs play as Tournament Pairs. The duo Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL) took on Fierce Friends, Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson (IL) and won 8 -1.  The final match in round 1 slated the local United Cerebral Palsy program’s two Pairs teams going head-to-head. UCP Team 1 & 2 faced each other with UCP #1 (Tony Randolph and Candace Gregg) winning 7-0.

Action in BC1 & BC2 Team Play

Nassau Thunderbolts (NY) Pairs team of Charlie Fleisch, Howie Cohen and Mark Paramadani opened round 2 of the BC3 Pairs competition by playing rookie team Fierce Friends, Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson (IL). The Thunderbolts beat the rookies 7-1. Also in round two, local Pairs team, UCP #2 faced veteran players pairing up for the second consecutive year, the ZS Dazzles (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA) losing 20-0. The final second round match-up in BC3 Pairs had the local UCP #1 against duo Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL). Guess Who won 7-3. 

Round 3 results included Tournament Pair beating UCP #2 6-1, NY thunderbolts over UCP#1 11-0 and Guess Who getting past the ZS Dazzles 4-1. Round 4 matches saw UCP #1 win over Fierce Friends, 4-4, Guess Who over Tournament Pair, 18-0 and NY Thunderbolts over ZS Dazzles 7-1.  Round 5 matches included Fierce Friends against UCP #1, Tournament Pair vs Guess Who and the NY Thunderbolts against Dazzle. Round 3 winners were: Fierce Friends  , Guess Who and Dazzle.

UCP Pairs Teams #1 and #2

The final round of BC3 Pairs play matched UCP #2 against Guess Who, Fierce Friends vs ZS Dazzles and Tournament Pair vs NY Thunderbolts. Guess Who won 11-1, Fierce Friends won a close game 3-2 and NY Thunderbolts had a shutout win 11-0.

Team Wins Losses
NY Thunderbolts

3

 
ZS Dazzles

1

3

Guess Who

4

 
UCP 1

2

2

UCP 2  

3

Fierce Friends  

3

Tournament Pair

2

1

The BC4 Pairs competition was limited to only two Pairs, Team PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO) and Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott).  On Day 1 of the competition, the BC4 Pairs went head-to-head three times. The veteran Team PC dominated the play and won three straight, 11-0, 9-0, and 8-0.

In the first round competition in Team play (BC1 & BC2 players) saw the Kansas Tornados (Lizzie Flora-Swick, KS and AB Anwar, CA and Luke Labas, IN) beat The Columbus Jack Attack (Keaira Wilkey, Cornelius Oatis and Marck Harrison) 5-4. Also in round one, Team Lakeshore (Kenny Johnson, IL, Chris Viau, IL and Brent Kanode, TX) played the local Windy City Warriors (Kurt Junger, Jack Berti, Brigid Mason and Matt Hiltner). Windy City won 5-3.

In round 2, the NY Thunderbolts made up of Danny Dalton, Keith Haarmann, Alberto Diaz and Rafael DeJesus took on the Lakeshore squad and won 7-2. The other round two game matched the Kansas Tornados against the Windy City Warriors. Windy City won their second game 5-1.

In the third and final round for Day 1 Team competition matched the Columbus Jack Attack against the Windy City Warriors and the NY Thunderbolts against the Kansas Tornadoes. Columbus handed Windy City their first loss of the day 4-3, while the Kansas Tornadoes won big over NY 11-1.

Team Wins Losses
Nassau Thunderbolts 1

1

Kansas Tornadoes 2

1

Windy City Warriors 2

1

Lakeshore  

2

Columbus 1

1

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For the second consecutive year, York High School in Elmhurst is the host venue for the Boccia National Championships.  More than 85 athletes and coaches from 10 states will participate in four days of competition starting Thursday, July 26.

Boccia has been a part of the Paralympics since 1984. Although the game originated long ago in Italy, its popularity has spread worldwide. It is said to be one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports. Boccia was originally presented as a sport for athletes with cerebral palsy, but is now open to all athletes with other physical disabilities including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and stroke survivors. Boccia tests the athlete’s coordination, accuracy, concentration, and ability to strategize.

Boccia can be played one-on-one, in pairs, or in teams of three. It is played on a specially marked court, on a gymnasium floor. The object of the game is to throw or roll game balls so that they land as close as possible to a target ball called the jack. The game begins with a player throwing the white target ball onto the court. The opponent then throws. The player or team that is not closest to the jack must then throw until they put a ball closer to the jack.

This continues until all balls are thrown. When all the game balls have been thrown, a referee determines the points awarded to individuals or teams. The closest team receives the number of points equal to the number of balls that they have closer to the jack than their opponent’s closest ball. 

For more information on boccia, rules and regulations and the competition schedule for Nationals visit: http://www.blazesports.org/sports/boccia/

 

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London 2012 Paralympics – BlazeSports Represents at All Levels

With as little as 2 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games the worlds sporting attention will be fixed firmly on the United Kingdom. However for many across the globe the “greatest show on earth” will not start until one month later.  As Usain Bolt moves out of the Olympic Village in London his place will be taken by Oscar Pistorius and the rest of the world’s best Paralympic athletes. The 2012 London Paralympic Games kicks off on August 29th when as many as 4,200 athletes with a disability representing 150 countries – the most ever – will descend on London for the opening of the 2012 Paralympics games.

As the legacy organization of 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, BlazeSports America is proud to be affiliated with the following athletes, teams, coaches, officials, parents and delegates that will be attending the Paralympic Games.

Athletes

Lantz Lamback, 3 time Paralympian, swimming

McKenzie Coan, swimming (14 years old)

Centra Mazyck (Military), track & field – javelin

Bradley Snyder (Military), swimming

Austin Hanson, Boccia BC3

USA Paralympic Soccer Team

Coach/Official/Assistant – Boccia

Harold Johnson, BlazeSports Boccia Official selected to be a Paralympic official

Gary Barraclough, Sport Assistant

Mark McMillian, Team Leader

Parents

Fred Lamback (Georgia Blazer Head Swim Coach) – parent of Lantz Lamback

Gary and Marie Barraclough – parents of Austin Hanson

Teresa Coan (former Assistant Coach – Georgia Blazers Swim Team) – parent of McKenzie Coan

BlazeSports Staff – Delegates

BlazeSports’ Ann Cody, Director of Policy and Global Outreach, and Stuart Sharp, Director of International Sport Development will be attending Paralympic Games in official capacities.  Ann will be attending as a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Governing Board and is the highest ranking American and highest ranking woman in the IPC worldwide. She is also a Paralympic Gold Medalist in Athletics and competed on three U.S. Paralympic Teams (Basketball ’84, Athletics ’88, ’92).  Stuart is a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Sports Council and holds the position of Head of Technical Control in the sport of 7-a-Side Football for The Cerebral Palsy Sport and Recreation Association (CPISRA). Stuart will have the position of LOCG 7-side Football Advisor and CPISRA Football Technical Representative for the duration of the Games.

“BlazeSports will be cheering on the Paralympians along with our athletes with disabilities during our own celebration of London 2012 Paralympics right here in Atlanta,” says Jeff Jones, Director of Sport and Community Programs.  The event is scheduled for August 29, 2012 in Decatur, Georgia along with the British Consulate General-Atlanta and BP Oil, an Olympic and Paralympic sponsor.  The event will feature past Olympians and Paralympians, and recognize all the young people and veterans participating in BlazeSports’ disability sport programs.  Visit www.blazesports.org for more information.

The London 2012 Paralympics marks 52 years of Paralympic Games. The triumph of the human spirit lives on.  Follow coverage of these athletes via our Twitter @blazesports or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/blazesports

About BlazeSports America

BlazeSports America is a non-profit organization and the direct legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. The mission is to advance the lives of children, youth, adults and veterans with a physical disability through sport, health enhancement and the promotion of universal human rights.  BlazeSports is the member of United States Olympic Committee – Multi-Sport Organization, the National Governing Body for Boccia in the US and the USA Member Organization of Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association.

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Largest Georgia Blazers Contingent to Compete at 2012 Junior Nationals

 

Christina Young Wins Top Honor

The Georgia Blazers’ Track Team finished up competition at the 2012 NJDC with more PR’s, first place finishes and top honors for the fastest female racer.

Bryan Powell saved off 13 seconds and set a new personal record with a first place T33 time of 1:43.6. James Adams did not change his race strategy and led Heat 5 from start to finish and won with a time of 1:11.7. Josh Joines had his fourth  personal best (1:29.97) and finished second in the T54/U16 division. Collin Lancaster finished up the racing for the guys with a 3rd place finish and a time just short of a PR, 2:02.24.

Christina Young posted the fast time with the girls’ division and won the T53/U20 division with a time of 1:10.78. Curran Brown finished second in the T54/U18 and also pushed a personal best of 3:10.17.

Meet organizers offered a 100 meter challenge race for the top fastest eight female racers. The Blazers Christina Young was not only selected to race, but she won the race against a strong head win with a time of 20.1 seconds.

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

 

Day 4 Update 2:

Georgia Blazing in Arizona!

The Georgia Blazers’ Track Team lit up the Arizona night at the Mesa Community College track venue in the 800 meter and 200 meter races.

In the 800 meters, the Blazers pick up where they left off last night.  Bryan Powell set a new personal record with a first place T33 time of 3:55.87. James Adams led Heat 3 from start to finish and won with a time of 2:33.41. Josh Joines also had a personal best (3:15.38) and finished second in the T54/U16 division.

Christina Young posted the fast time with the girls’ division and won the T53/U20 division with a time of 2:29.0. Curran Brown finished second in the T54/U18 and also pushed a personal best of 3:10.17

After a short break, the 200 meter race started with Bryan Powell setting his third consecutive PR with a winning time of 52.66. James Adams also made it 3 for 3 by winning his heat with a time of 36.57. Josh Joines continued to face stiff competition in the T54/U16 division, but had a PR time of 44.8 for a second place finish. Collin Lancaster just missed setting his second PR in two nights with a third place time of 58.48.

Christina Young joined James Adams and Bryan Powell and was 3 for 3 and again had the fast female time of the meet at 35.2.  Curran Brown finished off the Blazers great night on the track with a second place finish and a time of 45.04, which was her personal best.

Collin Lancaster, Curran Brown, Josh Joines, James Adams, Christina Young and Bryan Powell.

In all the Blazers had six first place finishes, 2 second place and one third place finish.

Track events conclude on Saturday morning with the 400 meter races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 4 Update 1:

Georgia Blazers Complete Field Events with a Sweep!

Curran Brown (Alpharetta) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) competed in Day 2 of field events to round out the Georgia Blazers participation in the 2012 NJDC field competition.

Curran Brown competes in the javelin and finishes first in the F55 division.

Curran recorded personal record performances in the shot put and discus with throws of 5.96 and 10.32 meters respectively. Her javelin results fell just short of a PR with a throw of 10.38 meters. All three results were first place finishes.

Collin Lancaster set a PR in the javelin throw with a first place toss of 7.61.  He also had first place finishes in the shot put and discus which fell just short of his personal best.  His shot put was 3.10 meters and his discus was 5.15 meters.

Collin Lancaster sets a personal record in the turbo jav at 7.61 meters

In all, the Georgia Blazers competed in 14 field events and recorded 14 first place  finishes adding to he 35 first place finishes earned by the Georgia Blazer swimmers.

Track events continue on tonight with the 800 and 200 meter races and the 400 on Saturday.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 3 Update 2:

Georgia Blazers Open Track Events AT NJDC

The wheelchair track competition started at the 2012 NJDC on Thursday evening with the 100 meter dash. All six Blazers raced in the 100 meters. Bryan Powell (Marietta) and James Adams (Acworth) started off the evening’s track racing in Heat 6 of the 100 meter races.   James took over all honors winning the race with a season best 19.27. Bryan finished with an overall personal best of 25.17 to capture first place in the T33 division.

Christina Young (Cartersville) and Curran Brown (Alpharetta) followed in the heat featuring the some of the top 16-19 year old girls in the country. Christina smoked the field with a season best 19.54, while Curran finished second in the U18/T54 division with a personal best 24.50. Christina received sponsorship from the Kyle Pease Foundation. For more information about the Kyle Pease Foundation visit: race.kylepease.org/foundation.html.

GA Blazers (left to right) Christina Young, Josh Joines, Curran Brown, James Adams, Bryan Powell and Collin Lancaster.

Josh Joines (Kennesaw) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) finished the Blazers 100 meter dashes with two personal best times. Josh shaved almost 4 seconds off his Dixie Games time with a 22.98.  Collin did almost as well dropping his Dixie game time by 3 seconds with a time of 26.67.

Field events continue on Friday with Collin Lancaster and Curran Brown. Track events continue on Friday with the 800 and 200 meter races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

Day 3 Update 1:

Georgia Blazers Open with Field Events AT NJDC

The Georgia Blazers Track Team arrived in Meza on Wednesday, July 25 and like the swimmers will got a lite workout in and have an athlete go through classification. Competition started on Thursday morning with field events. Three of the six Blazers competed in the shotput, discus and javelin.  Wednesday morning results included:                                                                                                

Josh Joines (Kennesaw)recorded three first place finishes in the U16/F58 field events with 2 of 3 PR performances.  He started with the shotput and threw 5.52 meters, just short of his personal best that he had at the Dixie Games in May. In the discus he had warmed up a bit and threw a PR at 13.90. Finally in the javelin, he had a big PR with a throw of 16.20 meters.     

Josh Joines sets a PR in the javelin with a throw of 16.20 meters.

Bryan Powell (Marietta) is competing in new age group, U18.  The current national record holder in all three field events, Bryan was looking to have a solid performance, despite competing at 7:00 am to beat the Arizona heat.  Bryan started with a PR throw in the shotput with a toss of 4.89 meters.  His discus fell just short of a PR, but was still good for a first place finish in the U18/F33 division with a 10.34 meter throw. Like Josh Joines, Bryan regrouped in the javelin and had a PR throw of 10.91 to sweep his field events with three first place finishes.

Bryan Powell (throwing the discus) wins all three F33 field events

Christina Young (Cartersville) competed in the U20/F55 division in the discus and javelin wining both with throws of 10.16 and 9.14. She missed the shotput because of a mistake by her coach, Jeff jones. Christina received sponsorship from the Kyle Pease Foundation. For more information about the Kyle Pease Foundation visit: race.kylepease.org/foundation.html.

Christina Young, sponsored by the Kyle Pease Foundation, wins the javelin and shotput in the F55 division

Track competition starts with the 100 meter dash on Thursday evening. All six Blazers will race in the 100 meters race.  Field continues on Friday with Collin Lancaster and Curran Brown. Track events continue on Friday and Saturday. All six of the Blazers will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 2 Update:

The BlazeSports Swim Team finished up two days of competition at the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) with six swimmers competing in ten different events on Tuesday, July 24 for a total of 26 swims.  Day 1 of the swim competition was cut short due to a lightning storm, making Day 2 of competition a long night for the Blazers. Tuesday’s competition included the 50 meter freestyle, the race historically used to determine a meet’s fastest swimmers. GA Blazers Trey Davis (31.40) and Madelyn White (48.5 1) won that honor today!

Individually, our swim results on Day 2 were:

Victoria Beelner (Decatur):
100 free: 4:31.92
50 back: 2:23.63
25 fly: 1:10.84
25 back: 1:10.29
50 free: 2:16.10
Trey Davis (Dalton):
50 Breast: :58.08
100 free: 1:10.59
100 IM: 1:32.64
100 back: 1:25.92
50 free: :31.40
Nadia Hopkins (Big Canoe):
100 free: 1:51.38
50 back: 1:02.93
100 IM: 2:10.47
100 back: 2:11.25
50 free: 51.96
100 Fly: 2:29.94
Maya Kahn (Marietta):
50 Breast: 1:31.44
100 free: 3:31.55
25 fly: 50.3
25 back: 46.97
50 free: 1:32.35
Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem): 25 back: 55.46
Madelyn White (Macon):
100 free: 1:44.27
50 back: 57.40
25 fly: 30.2
100 IM: 2:07.49
50 free: 48.51

Note: Official results were not available at the time of this posting. These results will be updated with place finishes as soon as possible.

Special thanks to our Head Swim Coach, Fred Lambach and parent volunteer Kelly White for all their help making this a very successful and fun event for our Georgia Blazers.

Note: BlazeSports America operates swimming programs in Augusta, Decatur, Macon and Marietta.  The program is open to children and young adults with physical disabilities who have an interest in either recreational swimming or competitive swimming. For more information contact Jeff Jones at jjones@blazesports.org.
The Georgia Blazers Track and Field Team arrived in Mesa on Wednesday and will begin competition on Thursday.  To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/
For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 1 Update – Swimming cut short due to weather.

The BlazeSports Swim Team opened competition at the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) with six swimmers scheduled to compete in eight different events on Monday, July 23 for a total of 21 swims.  The 25 meter outdoor pool at the Kino Aquatic Center featured more than 72 swimmers from throughout the United States. The competition was suspended after 14 events due to a lightning storm.

 

GA Blazers (lane 1, 3 and 6) prepare for the start of the 25 free.

 

Individually, the Blazers’ unofficial results on day 1 were:

Victoria Beelner (Decatur): 
25 free: 51.59
25 breast: 55.36

Trey Davis (Dalton):
200 free: 2:48.66
50 Fly: 39.35                                                                                                 

Nadia Hopkins (Big Canoe):
200 free: 3:56.5                                                                                                   
50 Fly: 1:03.11                                                                                               

Maya Kahn (Marietta):                                                                                                
25 breast: 40,85                                                                                                  
25 free: 34.70                                                                                                                      

Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem):
25 free:46.55                                                            

Madelyn White (Macon):                                                                                     
200 free: 3:39.77                                                                                                 
25 free: 21.87                                                                                            

The Blazers Swim Team will be back at it again Tuesday night competing in the remaining events from Monday (50 Breast, 100 free) and 50 back)  and Tuesday’s events: 25 Fly, 100 IM, 25 back, 100 back and the 50 free.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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BlazeSports America is sending the largest Georgia Blazer contingent to 2012 National Junior Disability Championships in the past six years.  Six swimmers and six track and field athletes will compete at various times during the week- long competition.

This year’s Championships, hosted by the Arizona Disabled Sports, the   will bring together  over 300 of the top athletes with physical disabilities aged seven  to twenty-three, coaches and families from around the nation.  Athletes will compete in track, field, pentathlon, swimming, archery, table tennis, and powerlifting.

The Georgia Blazers will be represented by:

Swim Team Track Team
Victoria Beeler Decatur James Adams Acworth
Trey Davis Dalton Curran Brown Alpharetta
Nadia Hopkins Big Canoe Josh Joines Kennesaw
Maya Kahn Marietta Collin Lancaster Bethlehem
Madelyn White Macon Bryan Powell Marietta
 Collin Lancaster  Bethlehem Christina Young Cartersville
Head Swim Coach: Fred Lamback Head Track Coach: Jeff Jones
Parent Vounteer: Kelly White Assistant Coaches: Gillian Sharp, Felipe Rodrigues
Parent Volunteers: Marc Lancaster, Jason Joines

The Georgia Blazers Swim Team arrive in Mesa on Sunday, July 22.  The team will have a short workout followed by classification. Classification is a system that groups athletes in divisions based on different functional ability.  The swim competition is held on Monday and Tuesday and five of our six swimmers will compete in seven different events ranging from the 25 meter free style to the 50 meter butterfly to the 200 meter freestyle.

The Georgia Blazers Track Team arrives in Mesa on Wednesday, July 25 and like the swimmers will have a short workout followed by classification. Competition starts on Thursday morning with field events. Five of the six Blazers are competing in shot put, discus and javelin.  Thursday evening, track competition kicks off with the 100 meter dash. Track and Field continues on Friday and Saturday. All six of the Blazers will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races.

Results will be posted daily on our website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on events and athlete stories.  Best of luck to all the Georgia Blazers!

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