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.
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
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.