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BlazeSports Swimmers in CanAm Para Swimming Championships

 

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The BlazeSports Swim Team with Coach Fred

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:

Vica Beelner

McClain Hermes

Maya Kahn

MeiMei White

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

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BlazeSports and USAID launch Sports for All Initiative in Brazil

US Ambassador posing with Boccia athletes

US Ambassador posing with Boccia athletes

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.

Cynthia Frisina and Ana Palla-Kane speak to guest

BlazeSports Executive Director, Cynthia Frisina and project partner Dr. Ana Palla-Kane

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.”  

US Ambassador Liliana Ayalde learning how to play blind soccer with 2004 Athens paralympics gold medalist Anderson Dias

US Ambassador Ayalde trying blind soccer Paralympic Gold Medalist Anderson Dias

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.

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BlazeSports host 2015 Southeastern Conference Championships

 

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.

 

Check out the news coverage from WSB-TV

 

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SEC-logo-2015This 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 jromito@blazesports.org or 404-270-2028.

 

Thank you to our 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Sponsors

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BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks in Southeast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks travel to Birmingham, AL for the 2015 Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The SE Regionals hosted by the Lakeshore Foundation, is now one of the largest Junior tournaments in the country this season with 12 Varsity teams and 4 Prep teams entered. The SE Regionals will be one the last major tournaments in the season for teams to improve their national rankings prior to the final seeding for the 2015 National Championship tournament.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association posted the February national rankings and The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks Varsity squad improved to #4 in the country, the highest ranking in the history of the team.  Prep rankings have not been posted this season, but the Hawk’s National Champions Prep team is still undefeated so far this season.

The team seeding for the SE Regional was based on the NWBA’s February 9 Junior Division rankings.

    SE Regional Seeding  NWBA Ranking   Feb 9th 
Houston 1 1
BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks 2 4
Dallas  3 6
Grand Rapids Pacers (MI) 4 9
Turnstone Flyers (IN) 5 10
Katie’s Komets White 6 14
Rancho Renegades (CA) 7 18
Lakeshore Lakers (AL) 8 25
Mississippi Wheelcats 9 26
Katie’s Komets Red 10 45
Raleigh Revolution 11 46
Montgomery Eagles 12  

As the #2 seed, BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks Varsity team will play two games on Saturday, February 16, starting with the winner of Game 4, Rancho Renegades vs. Katie Komets Red the #10 seed.                                           

The Prep division only attracted 4 teams: BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks, the Mississippi Wheelcats, the Lakeshore Sharks (AL) and the Charlotte Hornets (NC). Each of the Prep teams will play each other on Saturday, also giving the Hawks’ Prep team three games on Saturday with playoffs games scheduled for Sunday.

For more information on The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks contact Jessie Romito at jromito@blazesports.org.

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Hawks in the Pioneer Classic

Hawks Sweep Pioneer Classic

This weekend BlazeSports Junior Wheelchair Hawks traveled to the 28th Annual Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious wheelchair basketball tournaments in the nation, teams from across the country are selected to participate in the invitational. Fourteen adult teams and four youth teams competed, totaling over 200 athletes.

The Junior Hawks Varsity and Prep teams each played a double header against Lakeshore’s varsity and prep teams.

The Varsity squad started the day off with a low scoring defensive game against the Lakeshore Lakers. Josh Joines and Brent O’Grady led the Hawks at halftime with 8 points each. Hawks led at the break 24-12.  The Hawks tightened their defense in the second half only allowing the Lakers 6 more points. Josh Joines finished 14 points, followed by Brent O’Grady with 12 points. Jordon Kozloski added 8 points, with Treyvon Smith scoring 4 points and Luke Hutchinson adding 2 points. Hawks win 40-18.

In the second varsity game the Hawks had a better offensive outing while at the same time maintaining a great defensive effort. Josh Joines led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Brent O’Grady, Jordon Kozloski and Treyvon Smith with 6 points each. KJ Reese and Collin LaFon scored 4 points and Cameron Elzey and Chance Boyd added 2 points. Hawks win 53-17 to improve their season record to 10-6.

The Hawks Prep team continued their season’s winning streak with two wins over the Lakeshore Sharks. The Hawks’ Prep team presented a challenge to Coach Marc Lancaster when all 15 players attended, the first time this season the whole team was able to make the tournament. In the first match up the Hawks started strong behind great defense from their starting five players.  Eric Francis led the Hawks at halftime with 6 points followed by Collin Lancaster with 4 points. Hawks up 14-2 at halftime. The second half the Hawks rotated in all 10 bench players. Eric Francis led the Hawks with 8 points. Collin Lancaster, Bailey Moody and Taevan Grant each added 4 points. Zachary Armas, Tanner Atkins and Malachi Kirkland scored 2 points.  Hawks win 26-16.

In the second game the Hawk Prep squad repeated their efforts from game one, making sure all 15 players got playing time. Rookie Bailey Moody led all scorers with 12 points followed by Eric Francis with 8 points and Collin Lancaster with 6 points. Taevan Grant and Malachi Kirkland rounded out the scoring by adding 2 points.  Hawks win 30- 17 to extend their season record to a perfect 11-0 with an overall win streak that started last season of 15 wins in a row.

Check out the Pioneer Classic Shooting Stats 

 

For more information on the BlazeSports Junior Hawks Wheelchaor basketball program contact Jessie Romito at jromito@blazesports.org.

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