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BlazeSports was on the scene at the Governor’s Mansion honoring London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians

London 2012 Paralympians and Olympians with Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, United Kingdom Consul-General Annabelle Malins

BlazeSports was thrilled to be recognized at the special event hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle honoring Georgia Olympians and Paralympians who competed at the London 2012 Games.  Click Here to vew images from the event.

L-R: Consul-General Annabelle Malins, Billy Payne, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Mackenzie Coan, Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal


L-R: Consul-General Annabelle Malins, Billy Payne, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Lantz Lamback, Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal

Blazesports’ coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games

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Georgia Blazers Named to 2012 High School All-American Team

Bryan Powell

Curran Brown

BlazeSports would like congratulate two of our Georgia Blazers for being named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All American Team – Curran Brown and Bryan Powell.

Curran was recognized for her incredible performance in shot put throwing 5.96 meters. She is not only an All American, but she is the #1 ranked girl’s high school shot putter in the country. Curran also competes in javelin, discus and all the track events in her division. Curran is a senior at Johns Creek High School and plans to go to college to become a pediatrician.

Bryan excelled in javelin throwing 10.79 meters last season. He is top ranked in each of his seven wheelchair track and field events, holding several age group national records in the T33 and F33 division. Bryan is in his junior year at Lassiter High School.

Curran and Bryan are also team mates on the Georgia Blazers Varsity wheelchair basketball team.

Congratulations Curran and Bryan!


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Georgia Blazers Compete at Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet

 The Aiken-Augusta Swim League hosted the first annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet, October 20-21. The event was held at the Augusta Aquatic Center in Augusta, GA. This was an open meet for all swimmers with any physical or intellectual disability.

Final results:

BlazeSports would like to congratulate the 14 Georgia Blazers on all there great performances at the 2012 Fred Lamback Swim Meet.  Our Blazers record 51-1st places finishes, 20-2nd place and 5-3rd place finishes. If we were to consider age division for our junior swimmers, the results would be 60-1st place and 12-2nd place and 1-3rd place finishes.



female swimmers swimmer
swimmer on starting block Paralympic swimmer and youth swimmer

Congratulations to all our Georgia Blazers for a great swim meet!

For a complete set of results visit the following link:


The Georgia Blazers Swim Team will have 14 swimmers including 2 Paralympians, 2 Military swimmers and 9 other swimmers, 3 of which will be competing in their first ever swim meet.

The event also includes a two day Paralympic Swim Camp on Thursday and Friday, which three Georgia Blazers, Mei Mei White, Trey Davis and Maya Beelner will participate in.

The schedule of the meet and each of the Georgia Blazers is as follows:

Saturday, October 20

Session 1

Warms up: 7:00-8:15 am

Start Time: 8:30 am


#1 Female 100 IM: MeiMei White (8), Nadia Hopkins (15), Rachel Ellis (29),

Lindsay Grogran

#2 Male 100 IM: Trey Davis (14), Sean Concepcion (22), Sergio del Valle (29)

#3 Female 25 Breast: Maya Kahn (11), Vica Beelner (11)

#4 Male 25 Breast: Yan X Babayeuski (12)

#5 Female 50 Free: MeiMei White, Nadia Hopkins, Maya Kahn, Vica Beelne,

Rachel Ellis, Madison Stanley (16), Lindsay Grogran

#6 Male 50 Free: Lantz Lamback (26), Trey Davis, Yan X Babayeuski,

Sean Concepcion, Sergio del Valle

#7 Female 100 Fly: Nadia Hopkins, Rachel Ellis, Lindsay Grogran

#8 Male 100 Fly: Sean Concepcion

#9 Female 150 IM

#10 Male 150 IM

#11 Female 50 Back: MeiMei White, Maya Kahn, Vica Beelner, Madison Stanley

#12 Male 50 Back: Trey Davis, Yan X Babayeuski, Sergio del Valle


Saturday, October 20,

Session 2

Warm-ups: Not before 3:30 pm

Start Time: Not before 4:30 pm


#13 Female 100 Breast: Rachel Ellis, Nadia Hopkins, Lindsay Grogran

#14 Male 100 Breast: Yan X Babayeuski, Sean Concepcion

#15 Female 25 Fly: MeiMei White, Vica Beelner

#16 Male 25 Fly

#17 Female 100 Free: MeiMei White, Nadia Hopkins, Maya Kahn, Vica Beelner,

Rachel Ellis, Madison Stanley, Lindsay Grogran

#18 Male 100 Free: Lantz Lamback, Trey Davis, Yan X Babayeuski, Sean Concepcion, Sergio del Valle

#19 Female 25 Back: Maya Kahn, Vica Beelner, Lindsay Grogran

#20 Male 25 Back: Yan X Babayeuski

#21 Female 200 IM: Rachel Ellis, Nadia Hopkins, MeiMei White

#22 Male 200 IM: Sean Concepcion, Trey Davis


Sunday, October 21

Session 3

Warm-ups: 7:00 am

Start Time: 8:30 am


#23 Female 75 IM (sm1-sm4)

#24 Male 75 IM (sm1-sm4)

#25 Female 100 Back: McKenzie Coan (15), Nadia Hopkins, Maya Kahn, Rachel Ellis, Madison Stanley, Lindsay Grogran

#26 Male 100 Back: Trey Davis, Yan X Babayeuski, Sean Concepcion, Sergio del Valle

#27 Female 50 Fly:  McKenzie Coan, Nadia Hopkins, MeiMei White, Rachel Ellis

#28 Male 50 Fly: Lantz Lamback, Trey Davis, Sean Concepcion, Sergio del Valle

#29 Female 25 Free: MeiMei White, Maya Kahn, Emma Meyers (6)

#30 Male 25 Free

#31 Female 50 Breast: McKenzie Coan, Maya Kahn, Rachel Ellis, Lindsay Grogran

#32 Male 50 Breast: Yan X Babayeuski

#33 Female 200 Free: MeiMei White, Nadia Hopkins, Madison Stanley

#34 Male 200 Free: Trey Davis, Sean Concepcion, Sergio del Valle


Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet: Fred Lamback is highly respected in the swimming community as a committed and loveable coach. He has made countless contributions to the U.S. Paralympic Military Program, the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) – including serving on the staff at the 2004 Paralympic Games and of course on our very own BlazeSports America team. He is Head Swim Coach and swimming coordinator of the Georgia Blazers, as well as the technical advisor for all the BlazeSports disability swim programs in Georgia.

In 2009, he was named the James (Jimi) Raymond Flowers Disability Committee Coach of the Year which honors “coaches with outstanding inclusion of swimmers with a disability under the nominee’s direct coaching assignment and/or promotion of swimmers with a disability and disability swimming within the nominee’s sphere of influence. Contributions to inclusion may include club, LSC, national, or international examples. This demonstration of inclusion and influence should be evident as part of the nominee’s ongoing coaching philosophy.”

Fred’s dedication to swimmers with disabilities started with his son, Lantz. Lantz has cerebral palsy and had a tough time finding his niche growing up until his father introduced him to swimming. It was a frustrating process at first swimming against abled bodied athletes, but with encouragement from Fred and making the switch to swimming with other athletes with disabilities it was Lantz’s time to shine. Over the years, he has collected his fair share of medals at junior nationals, nationals and the biggest stage of all the Paralympics. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, Lantz won his first gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke s7 division with a new world record of 1 minute 12.09 seconds. You can bet that Fred was in the stands taking in that proud moment of what his son accomplished that day, in the years past and what’s to come in the future. In London, Lantz took away a gold and bronze medal to bring his total to eight Paralympic Medals – two gold, two silver and four bronze.



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BlazeSports and ABLE Network on Disability visit Delta

2012 Disability Fair

On Wednesday October 10th the ABLE Network on Disability hosted their annual Disability Fair.  The event was held in the historic hangar 13 at Delta headquarters, a unique venue which houses the ‘Spirit of Delta’, a giant Boeing 767 on permanent display as part of the Delta Heritage Museum. The Disability Fair is an annual event organized to give Delta employees a wide range of experiential and educational experiences related to working with people with disabilities. 

BlazeSports had a booth on site displaying information about programs and services, and challenged attendees to try out a wheelchair basketball.   Other organizations represented included The Shepherd Center, Georgia School for the Deaf and Center for the Visually impaired.

Keynote speaker, Aimee Copeland, spoke about her plans for the future and dream of setting up a Wilderness Therapy Centre for people with physical disabilities to experience the outdoors.  

For more information about BlazeSports programs and services in your community, contact us at 404- 270-2000 or

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