Apr 04, 2016

USABA/USA Goalball Training Camp for Young Female Athletes and Coaches

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is sponsoring a USA Goalball training camp in the Portland, Oregon area July 22-24, 2016 for six potential young athletes who are motivated to represent USA Goalball in the upcoming years.

Primary candidates will be young ladies who would be eligible for the 2017 USA Women's U-19 Goalball Team.  Camp priority will go to qualified atheltes who are 19 years of age or younger on December 31, 2017.  However, athletes older than 19 but under the age of 21, are still encouraged to apply in the event there are training camp vacancies that can be filled.

Interested athletes must submit an essay to Jen Armbruster by April 25, 2016 that outlines their involvement in Goalball up to the time of the essay, personal goals in the sport and a plan of how the athlete plans to attain those goals.  Additionally, interested athletes must provide a statement from their vision specialist confirming they meet USABA requirements as a B1, B2 or B3 athlete.  Additionally, selected athletes must be a current USABA member and must also be a US citizen.

Athletes who are chosen will be notified by May 1, 2016.  Once notified of their selection, athletes will have until May 16, 2016 to send a $50.00 deposit to reserve their camp spot.  The camp will provide airfare to and from Portland, Oregon, ground transportation while at the camp as well as hotel and food.  The USA Women's Goalball team will be on hand and will integrate athletes from the camp into training with the current national team.  This is a great opportunity so please ensure you submit your essay to Jen Armbruster by April 25, 2016.

Additionally, we will also bring one potential coach to the camp.  Coaches will also be asked to submit an essay that will also be due on April 25, 2016.  Coach essays must include past and present coaching experience, and also discuss coaching goals and how this camp would benefit attainment of those coaching goals.  The selected coach must also be a current USABA member.

Please submit essays to Jen Armbruster via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  If you have any additional questions, please contact Jen at 269-352-2740. 

Mar 21, 2016

U.S. Men’s Goalball Brings Home SILVER and BRONZE from Vancouver Grand Slam

By: Courtney Patterson 

U.S Men’s Goalball stood strong against the competition this weekend at the Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam. The tournament brought together 8 teams from 3 countries for 20 goalball games starting Friday, March 18. The U.S. men split into two teams (USA 1 and USA 2) to take on British Columbia, Finland, Quebec, Alberta and hosts, Vancouver. Team USA 1’s roster was comprised of Joe Hamilton, John Kusku, Tyler Merren, Daryl Walker and Coach Matthew Boyle. Team USA 2’s roster included Andy Jenks, Abel Del Toro, Grej Pesjaka, Matt Simpson and Coach Mike Legé.

USA 2 remained undefeated after the first day of competition but fell to their first lost against reigning World Champions, Finland on the second day of the tournament. USA 1 went into playoffs as a number one seed. The two USA teams met in semifinals after beating Vancouver and British Columbia in the quarterfinals. The game would determine which USA team would play for GOLD and which would fight for BRONZE.

Coach Mike Legé’s team, USA 2, won and advanced to the gold medal game against Finland. Though the game was tied before the half, Finland pulled ahead (7-5) and kept the lead to win GOLD (9-6).

“The rematch against Finland was a better played game then the first time in pool play.  The match was close until the last 3 minutes of the game.  It was good experience for our younger players to play against such a quality team” said Coach Lege’. “I was disappointed that our #1 team did not get to play Finland but they did finish strong in the bronze match.”

Coach Matthew Boyle’s team USA 1 beat Alberta 12-2 to secure BRONZE for Team USA.

“This was the first tournament of its kind with prize money. I hope in the future more teams from Europe will attend. The tournament organizer put on a very well run tournament and the venue was excellent; hats off to BC for a job well done.”

As the first annual Vancouver Grand Slam hosted by the Vancouver Goalball Club, all 8 teams competed for the chance to win GOLD. As if winning gold wasn’t enough, the winning team was also awarded a grand sum of $5,000 as a prize money award. During the tournament, all games were broadcast by Disability Sports Radio including the final game that left Finland prevailing to win GOLD and the grand prize money. 







Left to right: Coach Matthew Boyle, Daryl Walker, John Kusku, Tyler Merren, Joe Hamilton.

Mar 16, 2016

USABA Tandem Cycling Teams Compete in 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

By: Amanda Weldon

This weekend, the world’s best Paralympic track cyclists will gather together for the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. The event will host 174 athletes from 32 countries and will give riders a final chance to compete against the best before they cross paths again this September at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

In Montichiari, two USABA tandem teams will compete among 18 athletes representing Team USA at this year’s World Championships. Both USABA stokers are U.S. Army veterans and alumni of USABA Cycling Development Camps.

U.S. Army active duty Chester Triplett (Mooresville, N.C.) will be riding with his pilot, Kyle Knott (Virginia Beach, Va.). Triplett was introduced to track cycling at a USABA cycling development camp in 2009. Since the camp, Triplett has won numerous medals and recently won GOLD in the kilo and pursuit final at the U.S. Paralympic Track Cycling Open in February.

Helicopter armament specialist Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, N.Y.) will also be competing with her pilot, Mackenzie Woodring (Lowell, Mich.), this weekend. After attending a USABA cycling development camp in 2012, Cheshire quickly picked up the sport. After just 6 months of training, Cheshire and Woodring won SILVER at their first race in February 2013. Now, three years later, they are competing in their third UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships as a team.

The World Championships are the last opportunity for track cyclists to perform before the Paralympic selection process concludes on March 27th. Once the qualification procedure is complete, points will be tallied for each nation and UCI, in partnership with the IPC, will allocate each country their number of spots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games less than 6 months away.

Live coverage and race highlights will be available via livestream, courtesy of Italy's ITRAI channel at the following times:

Thursday, March 17 – live from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (EST)

Friday, March 18 – recorded highlights from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Saturday, March 19 – recorded highlights from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (EST)

Sunday, March 20 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (EST)

More information on the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships can be found on the UCI’s website. You can also follow the event on Facebook and Twitter (@UCI_Paracycling) and by using the hashtag #PARACYCLING2016.








Pictured: All 18 USA Track Cyclist who will be competing in the 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships standing together.

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