Around 200 swimmers from 11 countries will be in action this weekend (20-22 March) in Toronto, Canada, as the Can Ams Para-Swimming Championships take place in the pool that will stage August’s Parapan American Games.
Amongst the swimmers set to take part at the spectacular CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House are a number of Paralympic and world champions. This includes the US duo of Jessica Long and Brad Snyder and home favourite Benoit Huot.
Preliminary heats start each day at 09:30 ET, with finals at 18:00 ET. All sessions will be webcast live.
For more information visit: https://www.swimming.ca/2015SpeedoCANAMParaswimmingChampionships
The BlazeSports Swimmers competing in the event are:
Coach: Fred Lamback
The young swimmers will be looking to improve their times across the board and gain valuable ‘big event’ experience competing against some of the worlds best para-swimmers.
Ahead of the weekend Coach Fred commented “Just to qualify for this event is a huge achievement and the girls have been training hard for the past months in preparation. They are excited to get in the pool and ready for this high level competition”
See the Live Results HERE
Hosted in an area of Rio de Janeiro that has seen tremendous growth due to the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games, BlazeSports and its partners launched a two-year initiative that aims to promote social integration of people with and without disabilities through physical activity and sport in Brazil.
The kick off event on March 18th brought together partners, beneficiaries and the sport community in Rio de Janeiro. The US Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, talked about how the project will be developed, “Today we are launching the Sports for All program focusing on the inclusion of people with disabilities through sport. This program will promote training, exchange of ideas and different aspects of cooperation of sport and people with disabilities. With this initial effort, we will make the effort to include the private sector to give continued support to such activities.”
During the event, other partners including the representative of the Casa Civil of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Pedro Spadale spoke about the importance of sport in the community and to advocate the rights of people with disabilities. Mr. Spadale also spoke about the importance of a legacy organization such as BlazeSports to be in Rio de Janeiro collaborating with Brazilian NGOs and the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee to leave a legacy following the 2016 Games. Cynthia Frisina spoke on behalf of BlazeSports, “Sports for All Initiative in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a groundbreaking collaboration between the United States and Brazil on behalf of people with physical disabilities creating a more inclusive society and increasing awareness of the benefits of sport for all people.”
The kick-off culminated with a practical presentation of partners working with sport for people with disabilities in Rio de Janeiro. The presentation started with a dance performance led by the project PCD of the Secretary of Sport and Leisure of the City of Rio de Janeiro. The dance was followed by a boccia challenge led by Cervim and ANDE (National Association of Sport for People with Disabilities), where young athletes from Cervim challenged the US Ambassador to Brazil and Mr. Pedro Spadale. The event ended with BlazeSports’ Ambassador Anderson Dias, 2004 Athens Paralympics 5-a-side football gold medalist, challenging BlazeSports’ Ambassador Wanderson da Silva, football 7-a-side best player in the world, to a shootout wearing blindfolds.
THANK YOU to the teams, coaches and spectators who came out to BlazeSports’ Southeastern Conference Championship this weekend!
Here are the FULL RESULTS from the tournament.
This weekend, BlazeSports will host the best youth wheelchair basketball teams in the region at the Southeastern Conference Championship. The event will take place on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 at Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA. This year will be the fourth year in a row that BlazeSports has hosted the regional championships.
The Southeastern Conference Championship represents the final tournament of the season prior to the 2015 National Championships which are scheduled for April 16-18 in Louisville, KY.
The teams competing in this year’s Southeastern Conference Championship include:
- BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks (Prep and Varsity)
- Bridge II Sports Jr. Thunder (Varsity)
- Charlotte Junior Wheelchair Hornets (Prep)
- Lakeshore Foundation Sharks (Prep) and Lakers (Varsity)
- Mississippi Wheelcats (Prep and Varsity (Varsity)
- Montgomery Red Wings (Varsity)
See the full 2015 Tournament Schedule
Cheer on the Hawks!
The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks’ Prep team is currently undefeated (16-0) and have hopes for a perfect season and a #1 ranking for the National Championships. The Hawks’ Varsity team is currently ranked #4 in the country and hope to maintain that position going into April’s National Championships.
We invite everyone to come and help cheer on BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Hawks in their last regional tournament of the year. GO HAWKS!
For more information on the BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks contact Jessie Romito at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-270-2028.
Thank you to our 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Sponsors