Congratulations to our very own Team USA member, McClain Hermes for her amazing debut at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City. McClain started the competition strong securing the first silver medal for Team USA at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool, swimming the S11 100 free in a time of 1:19.67 before going on to set an American record and win the gold in the 400 free (5:46.00) in her world championships debut!
McClain’s journey was amazing, medaling in every event she swam for a total of 5 medals:
- DAY 1: she secured the first SILVER for Team USA in the S11 100 free (1:19:67)
- DAY 2: she captured a second SILVER in the S11 100 backstroke making a new American record with a time of 1:26.38
- DAY 4: was a double medal day for McClain winning GOLD and setting another American record in the S11 400-meter freestyle (5:46:00) and BRONZE in the S11 50 free (37.74)
- DAY 5: she closed out her debut with another BRONZE in the SB11 100m Breaststroke
This video was shot posted by Matt Hermes. It shows McClain receiving the GOLD and the national anthem playing in her honor!
McClain on her double-medal day. . .
“It feels really amazing because I’ve had a really hard past year. After Rio, I got really sick and went through a lot. It feels great to show that I can overcome something and perform really well.”
Centennial H.S. All-American is blazing a trail to the top
Cathryn Gray, one of BlazeSports High School All-Americans (and the only female teenage paralympian chosen in Georgia) was featured by 11alive on November 10th. See the full interview here:
Congratulations to both the BlazeSports Varsity & Prep Wheelchair Basketball teams! Both are ranked in the Top 10 in the November Rankings for Junior Varsity and Junior Prep NWBA Divisions.
The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks Varsity team earned the rank of #2 in the Nation after going 5-0 and being crowned Varsity Champions of the 2017 Courage Kenny Classic. We’re only second to the TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Junior Hotwheels (who we haven’t played yet). The RHI Racers, Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves and Utah Rush round out the top five of the Junior Varsity Division Rankings. The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity will earn an invite to play in the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJWBT) at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) presented by ABC medical in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-15, 2018.
The BlazeSports Prep team was ranked #10 in a highly competitive group. The #5 team is Lakeshore who we lost to in Overtime in Charlotte. The top ranked Prep Division team is the LWSRA Hawks – Prep of the Junior Prep Division followed by the Turnstone Flyers in the 2nd spot. The top five of the Junior Prep Division rankings follow with Minnesota Rolling Rowdies at No. 3, Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets Prep-Purple at No. 4 and the Lakeshore Sharks at No. 5. The top 16 ranked teams from Prep are initially offered an invitation to participant in the National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NPWBT) at the 2018 NWBT.
Read the official release here
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for #GivingTuesday (11/28)
Make a donation through our Facebook page this Tuesday between 8am -9am EST and it can be MATCHED!
On #GivingTuesday, Facebook & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are helping by matching your individual contributions up to $1,000 per donor. Matching starts at 8 am EST and will continue until $2 million is raised for US nonprofits through Facebook’s charitable giving tools.
- There’s never been a better time to give!
- Match begins November 28th at 8am EST
- Donate during our Power Hour 8am – 9am EST and your donation may be matched. Plus, your donation can help us win an additional $1,000 from Work for Good for the most individual donations in a power hour.
- Donations can be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit with a max of $1,000 per donor until the matching funds run out.
- Facebook is also waiving all fees for donations for #GivingTuesday
Every dollar you give to BlazeSports America on #GivingTuesday goes toward helping us improve the lives of youth and veterans with disabilities through adaptive sports.
BlazeSports America is committed to changing lives through sports and recreation, training and education, and creating an equal playing field for all. We see first-hand the incredibly positive impact sports can make for people with physical disabilities – on both athletes and their families. Our youth programs increase the confidence of kids and help improve academic success as well as physical fitness. Our veteran programs are saving lives and helping veterans re-integrate successfully in their communities.
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Five of our BlazeSports athletes have been named as 2017 U.S. Paralympic High School All-Americans! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our track and field athletes: Adam Kiel, Carson Lundhagen, Cathryn Gray and Jordan McGuire for being recognized as 2017 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field High School All-Americans! Only 71 high school athletes in the entire U.S. were recognized as High School Track and Field All-Americans based on their performance. (Jordan was recognized in Shot Put; Adam was recognized in Long Jump; Cathryn was recognized in Discus and Javelin; Carson was recognized in Long Jump and Shot Put.)
And congratulations to our swimming athlete, McClain Hermes, for making the 2016-17 Scholastic All-America team! In order to be considered for the Scholastic All-America Team, swimmers must maintain a 3.5 GPA for the current academic year and swim a time equal to a 2016 Winter Junior Championships qualifying time in any event during the qualification period.
Thank you to the outstanding BlazeSports staff, coaches and volunteers who have helped grow our track and field program to this level of success and accomplishment!