Fencing Star Academy
|Sport / Activity Offered||Fencing|
|Disabilities Served||Amputee, Spinal Cord Injury|
|Area Covered:||Metro Atlanta|
|Contact Name:||John Martin|
|Telephone:||(502) 802 – 4064|
|Address:||5060 N Royal Atlanta Drive, Tucker , GA 30084|
|About:||Three weapon fencing club with wheelchair access and fencing platform. Wheelchair fencers pay no club dues. Coaching fees may apply.|
Over the past weekend, Army and Marine veterans Jacques Swafford and Rodney Roscoe competed in the 2014 National Track & Field Championships in San Mateo, CA in both shot put and discus events. Just the week before, both athletes met the qualifying standards at the Endeavor Games held in Oklahoma City. This marked the first time that either athlete had qualified for the National Championships.
With competition on Friday and Saturday, both athletes arrived in San Mateo on Thursday for registration and equipment check-in. The first event was shot put on Friday afternoon. The competition would be tough as both Jacques and Rodney, classified as F55’s, would be competing against the USA’s number one shot put thrower, Scott Winkler. Jacques began the shot put competition with 6 great throws, his furthest measuring out to be 8.34 meters. This would become a personal best for Jacques in shot put. Rodney was next with his furthest throw coming out to be 6.84m. These distances landed Jacques a silver medal followed by Rodney receiving the bronze medal.
The following day, competition for the discus began at 3:00pm. As the only two athletes competing in the F55 classes, both Jacques and Rodney would be leaving Nationals with 2 medals. Rodney began the competition with his longest throw of 18.41m, discus being his preferred throwing event over shot put. Jacques’ best throw of the day came in at 15.78m. As a result, Rodney earned a gold medal in the shot put while Jacques followed with a silver medal.
All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for both Jacques and Rodney to compete at the National level. Both athletes are now focused on returning next year and improving their skills in both shot put and discus.
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it remembers, the men it honors.” - President John F. Kennedy
This Memorial Day we honor our heroes that have died while serving our country. However you choose to remember – decorating gravesites, visiting cemetaries, lowering or displaying flags, participating in a local parade – it says that these service men and women have and will not be forgotten. We are forever greatful for their sacrifice.
At this time BlazeSports also gives thanks to our Georgia Blazer Veterans and the many veterans and active duty military who have been wounded in combat.
If you are a veteran or part of the military, and are looking for disability sport opportunities, please check out our military programs page at:http://www.blazesports.org/what-we-do/programs/sports-programs-for-veterans-and-active-duty-service-members/
Over the weekend of April 24-26, Jeff Jones and Sam Zapatka traveled to the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts to deliver CDSS (Certified Disability Sports Specialist) training to students, faculty, and community members. This is the second of the six total presentations that will be delivered throughout the United States in 2014. In attendance were 30 Springfield College students, 3 Springfield College Professors, as well as 10 members from the surrounding New England community. Throughout the 2 day course, the participants were engaged in different presentations including adaptive sport equipment, Paralympic history, disability advocacy, and more.
The next CDSS presentation will take place in Huntingdon, Alabama July 18-19.