TEAM USA GAINS MOMENTUM IN INDIVIDUAL PLAY
The attention at the 2014 Boccia World Championships switched from Team play to Individual Play over the past two days (Sept 24-25). Team USA had mix results in the preliminary rounds. All of our players played well and have learned a great deal in the best Boccia competition of their lives.
Austin Hanson (KS) led the way for team USA in the BC3 division with two prelimin victories. Austin started strong with a close 4-3 win over Ken Verwiimp of Belgium. He followed that win up with 4-1 win over Jari Rummukainen of Finland. Austin’s two wins moves him on to the group of 16, which is very significant for his hopes to make the Rio Paralympic Games. The top 24 BC3 players in the world get the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Marck Harrison (OH) split a pair of games in the BC2 division, losing to Soyeong Jeong of Korea by 6-1 but bounced back to beat Luis Antonio Campos Aguilar of Mexico 4-3. Cornelius Oatis (OH) had a tough BC1 match against Antonio Marques of Portugal, losing 10-0. In his second game he lost a very close match in a 3-2 decision to Qi Zhang of China.
Rafael DeJesus (NY) had a tough few days in the BC 2 division losing to Jeongmin Sohn of Korea 4-1 and Adam Dukovich of Canada 10-0. Finally Brigid Mason faced some stiff competition in the BC2 competition as she was being reviewed by the BISFed classification committee and determined to actually be a BC1. Although this does not change her status for this tournament, it is a final classification decision and will be significant for our USA Boccia National Team in the future. Brigid lost to Christina Goncalves of Portugal and Jesus Damian Oseguera Osorio of Mexico.
More competition to come…
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The 33rd Annual Dixie Games concluded on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th with Track and Field at Alfred E. Thompson Stadium located on the beautiful campus of Westminster Schools Atlanta. The 33rd installment of the Dixie Games marked its return to Atlanta after three highly successful years in Tampa. Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Paralympic Sport Club Tampa Bay set the bar high as hosts over the last three years but BlazeSports and Shepherd Center met the challenge and provided three full days of competition.
Highlights from the 2013 Dixie Games include:
- Over 200 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers attended the Dixie Games which offered Paralympic-style competition in, Archery, Table Tennis, Boccia, Weightlifting, Track and Field, Swimming, and Wheelchair Fencing
- 22 Veterans with a disability competed in the Dixie Games including 13 who are active participants in the BlazeSports Military Sport and Recreation Program
- One world record was eclipsed in the Long Jump by Josh Kennsion who is a quadrilateral amputee who runs and jumps on prosthetics
- One America’s record was eclipsed in discus by Atlanta athlete Cassie Mitchell who is also a Shepherd Center Athlete
- Numerous National Track and Field records were broken including five by our very own Georgia Blazers; Collin Lancaster, Curran Brown, Bryan Powell, James Adams and Ja-Que Billingsley and,
- Two National records by Shepherd Center athlete and BlazeSports Board of Directors member Duane Morrow
- Curtis Lovejoy, 5-time Paralympian, Shepherd Center Athlete and Coach, was inducted into the Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Archery: Catalina Bustamante, Mitchell Miles, Jon Moore
Fencing: Ellen Geddes, DeJuan Surrell
Swimming: Nigel Hambrick, Ashley Bateman, Beecher Bruno, Madison Stanley
Table Tennis: Jeff DeLeon, Catalina Bustamante
Weightlifting: Michelle Gowland, Johnnie Alexander, Ja-Que Billingsley, Matthew Giardino
Boccia: Tim Field
Field: Crystal Molina, Dylan Wilson, Centra Mazyck, James Johnson
Track: Curran Brown, Cole Wooten, Michelle Taylor Page, Jose Pulido
Spirit of Excellence Award selection is based upon effort, sportsmanship, knowledge of the sport, and being a role model.
You view photos from the 2013 Dixie Games here:
Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, athletes, coaches, and officials that made the 2013 Dixie Games a success.
BlazeSports will be conducting a wheelchair basketball at 12pm and a boccia session at 1pm on Friday the 8th. For more information on Abilities Expo click here.
View the event flyer here: Atlanta 2013 Flyer
This month sees BlazeSports return to the City of Amman, Jordan to continue its multi-partner, USAID funded, sports project for those with physical disabilities. Over a two week period, from November 4th-18th, BlazeSports will deliver coach education practical and theory workshops covering areas of classification, adaptive sports techniques, boccia, athletics, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and soccer. In addition the candidates who attend these aforementioned courses will then have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a variety of hands-on practical settings.
As part of a sports development agreement all of BlazeSports in-country project partners, which include The Jordan National Paralympic Committee and The Jordan Football Association, will deliver sports initiatives and targeted clubs sessions throughout 2013, therefore allowing the level and quality of opportunities for those with physical disabilities to access sport to be increased.
Please find below an outline of the planned program which will take place in Jordan in coming weeks:
November 7th 2012
General Inclusion Training for Disability Sport
November 8th 2012
Athletics (Part 1)
Boccia (Part 1)
November 9th 2012
Athletics (Part 2)
Boccia (Part 2)
November 10th 2012
Table Tennis (Part 1)
November 11th 2012
Table Tennis (Part 2)
November 12th 2012
Coaching Disability Football Education Course
November 13th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coaches Technical Development Course (Part 1)
November 14th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coach Technical Development Course (Part 2)