IWAS Junior World Games 2013

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Wheelchair ad Ambulatory Sports USA (WASUSA)selected 35 junior athletes to compete for the United States in the IWAS Junior World Games being held in Puerto Rico from August 8 – 14 2013.  BlazeSports has 2 athletes who were selected to be on the team for track and field, Bryan Powell (Marietta) and Curran Brown (Johns Creek).  Bryan is competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m races along with shot-put and javelin.  Curran is competing in shot-put, discus and javelin. 

The first day of their events went well.  Bryan raced 24.34 seconds in the U20 100m.  He threw 5.61 in shot-put in the U23 division, out-throwing his mark at the National Junior Disability Championships of 5.27 in the U20 division.  Curran competed in shot-put as well.  She threw 5.77m which is a new PR for her as well as earning silver in the U20 division.  Congratulations Curran on her silver and to both Blazers for competing so well on the international stage.

The second day of events, Bryan raced in the 200m in the U20 division with a result of 45.36 seconds cutting his time from NJDC which was 50.27 seconds.  Bryan also threw the discus a distance of 10.69m, eclipsing his NJDC mark of 9.94m.

Day 3 is upon us.  Good luck to Bryan and Curran as well as all of TEAM USA in the remaining events.

To follow Bryan and Curran at Worlds please go to http://www.iwasjr2013.com/.

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U.S. Ambassador in Haiti welcomes BlazeSports participants to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince


U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White met at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the 12 Haitian youth with disabilities that had participated in the BlazeSports cultural exchange program. The youth and six adult coaches who accompanied them shared their experiences of joining a group of American youth with disabilities in specialized sporting and leadership activities and the 2013 BlazeCamp. The Ambassador congratulated the Haitian participants on their achievement and encouraged them to continue to use sports as a means to excel personally and to promote greater inclusion in Haiti for the physically disabled.

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The cultural exchange was funded by the U.S. Department of State – Spots United and coordinated by BlazeSports America.  The Haitian participants ranged in age from 11 to 19 and came from Port-au-Prince, Mirebalais and Port-de-Paix. The program’s goal are to give new sporting skills to youth with disabilities and to develop their self-confidence and leadership skills to help them advance their personal goals and to act as advocates for greater inclusion of the physically disabled in their home country.

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The 2013 Boccia America’s Cup

Thursday, August 8 –Day 5 of Competition – Medal Rounds

Hanson Wins SILVER!

Team USA advanced two players to the quarter finals and the final day of competition. Austin Hanson (KS) the USA’s #1 ranked BC3 player and Cornelius Oatis (OH) our #1 ranked BC1 player.



BC1 Division

Cornelius Oatis (OH) earned his spot in the quarter finals winning 3 of 4 games in pool play. His pool results included:

4-3 win Vs Elizabeth Flora-Swick (USA) 

2-3 loss Vs Jose Oliveira (Brazil) 

 6-1 win Vs Raquel Cerqueira (Brazil)

4-3 win Vs Jose Bermeo (Colombia) 

Cornelius met Mauricio Javier Ibarbure of Argentina in the quarterfinals.  Ibarbure, ranked #15 in the world, was undefeated in Pool B with three straight wins. Cornelius started well by stealing a point off of Ibarbure’s  jack ball in the first end after Ibarbure decided to play long ball. Ibarbure returned the favor in the second and tied the game 1-1.  Ibarbure tried the long ball again in the third and Cornelius once again took advantage of it and scored 2 points to lead 3-1. Cornelius made a mental error and in the third end and let Ibarbure back in the game. Ibarbure tied the game in the fourth to force overtime.  The jack ball was moved to the cross and Ibarbue had a better center court game and scored the OT point to win. Cornelius had a great tournament in only his second international tournament.

Americas Cup BC1 Individual Final Results

BC3 Division

Austin Hanson (KS) has the most international experience and was most likely of any Team USA member to advance to the medal round.  He made it to the medal round by winning all three games in pool play.

3-1 win Vs Jair Garavito (Colombia)  

9-1 win Vs Juan Rivera (Colombia) 

16-0 win Vs Maria Soto (Chili) 


Head Official Louis Mitchell helps determine that Austin had score the point.

Austin’s opponent in the quarterfinals was Julia Elena Rebolledo of Argentina. Austin started strong scoring 1 point in the first and 4 points in the second to lead 5-0 at the midway point. Rebolledo got on the board in the third, but only scored 1 point.  Austin scored in the final end to win 5-1 and advance to the semi-finals.

Austin would meet Anderson Oliveira of Brazil in the semi-finals.  Austin carried the momentum of his earlier win into the semis and scored 3 points in the first two ends and 2 more points in the third to take a commanding lead 5-0. Oliveira attempted a comeback but only scored 3 in the fourth as Austin moved on to the GOLD medal match with a 5-3 win.

Paul Gauthier of Canada won the other spot in the Championship Game and would face Austin for GOLD.  Austin played a very defensive first end and limited Gauthier to only one point.  Austin had a big misplay in the second end and allowed the Canadian to score 3 points off of his jack and take a 4-0 lead. Gauthier had interrupted play twice for more than 5 minutes asking for questionable rulings from the head official which interrupted flow of the match. Austin settled down and scored points in the third and fourth ends but fell short and fell 4-2 to earn a SILVER medal.


Austin Hanson and Gary Barraclough receive the silver medal in the BC3 competition.

Team USA did not have players in the BC2 or BC4 quarter finals but had players do very well in both divisions.

Americas Cup BC1 Individual Final Results

Americas Cup BC2 Individual Final Results

Americas Cup BC3 Individual Final Results

Americas Cup BC4 Individual Final Results

Thanks to the coaches and Sport Assistants on Team USA for all your hard work throughout the Americas Cup week.  Our national program was well represented.

Special thanks to Mark Flora-Swick, Cathy Drobny and the entire staff of the Americas Cup organizing committee for a wonderful tournament. Their hard work and countless hours behind the scenes resulted in a very well-run tournament. 


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BlazeSports Athlete Maya Kahn Begins the Road to Rio

The East Cobb Patch highlights Georgia Blazer Maya Kahn’s Paralympic aspirations as she prepares to compete in the World Dwarf Games at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI August 3-10..  

Read the entire article here:  http://eastcobb.patch.com/groups/journeys/p/a-swimmer-with-special-fortitude

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