Sep 19, 2011

Cyclists Head to Colorado Springs for “Learn To Race” Cycling Camp

Military Service members with eye injuries and physical disabilities included as a part of rehabilitation process

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), in partnership with U.S. Paralympics, United States Handcycling and Disabled Sports USA is hosting a Developmental Cycling Camp for Riders with Disabilities at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, September, 18-25, 2011.

Twenty camp participants including blind and visually impaired cyclists and their sighted pilots who ride tandem bikes; cyclists with lower mobility impairments who use hand cycles; cyclists with cerebral palsy or head injury who use both standard bikes and amputee cyclists who ride either single bikes or hand cycles will learn advanced bike handling skills and road racing strategies and receive instruction in track riding. 

Among the participants will be military veterans and active duty service members who sustained physical and sensory disabilities as a result of service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.  Camp staff will include certified cycling coaches, a certified mechanic and guest speakers from a variety of sports related fields.

The list of participating athletes includes:

Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (stoker), Philadelphia, PA
John Schmidt (pilot), Philadelphia, PA
Stan Moore (stoker), Medford, OR
Dan Nelson (pilot), Winnetka CA
Larry Gunter (stoker), Phoenix City, AL (Military)
Greg Hoffman (pilot), Doylestown, PA

Single Bikes:
Ivan Valentin, San Antonio, TX (Military)
Andre Cilliers, Fort Belvoir, VA: (Military)
Lee Nortn, Naples, FL (Military)
Gabriel Monreal, San Antonio, TX (Military)
Loyal Pyczynski, Orlando, FL
Nieves Rodriguez, Temple, Texas

Hand cyclists:
Matthew Robinson, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Military)
Alicia Dana, Putney, VT
Will Groulx, Portland, OR (Military)
Thea Rosa, Cool, CA
Tom Davis, Fremenot, IN (Military)
Tim Connor, Hilliard, Fl (Military)
Todd Nipp, Colorado Springs, CO
Sean Haggard, Denver, CO (Military)

“Our goal is for cyclists to gain the riding knowledge and experience in order for each athlete to return to their respective local communities motivated to set a goal of training to compete for the United States in future regional and national events, including for some cycling at the Paralympic Games", said Cycling Coordinator Pam Fernandes who also is  a Paralympic Gold medalist and World record holder in tandem cycling.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.

United States Handcycling Federation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation designed to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments:

Disabled Sports USA provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain confidence and dignity through participation in sports, recreation and related educational programs:

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities.

“This project is supported by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.”


Sep 15, 2011

USABA Athletes Named to US Paralympics 2011 Track and Field High School All-American Team

US Paralympics recently announced their 2011 Track and Field High School All American Team.

Included were several members of USABA’s Team USA who recently competed in the 2011 International Blind Sports Federation World Youth and Student Championships:

     • David Brown (Hazelwood, MO)
     • Trevon Graves (St. Louis, MO)
     • Michael Kinoshita (Folsom, CA)
     • Carlos McCormick (Romney, WV)
     • Alexander Richmond (Birmingham, AL)
     • Samantha Smolka (Hometown, IL)

“This is an outstanding group of very talented athletes”  said John Potts, USABA Sports Director.  “Although this may be the first time we’ve heard of some of these names, it won’t be the last—talented as they already are,  each of them has the talent and commitment to continue to rise on the national and international stage.”

US Paralympics selected David Brown to compete with Team USA at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, a 2011 London Paralympics Games qualifying event.

For additional information on the USABA track and field program, contact Tim Cobb, USABA Track and Field Coach:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sep 15, 2011

USABA Seeking Bids for 2013 Goalball National Championships

USABA is seeking parties interested in hosting the 2013 USABA Goalball National Championships. As facilities are becoming increasingly more difficult to secure, USABA wants to get an early start on the site selection process for the 2013 tournament. This early start should provide ample time for organizers to plan and secure all appropriate resources that will enable them to host a successful tournament. An early start will also provide participants sufficient time to arrange their personal schedules and make cost-effective travel plans.

About goalball:
• Goalball is a team sport for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Each year, USABA sanctions a National Championship tournament.
• Competition will run for two or three days (depending on the number of gyms provided by the host and/or the number of teams entered) and will include men’s and women’s pool play and medal matches.
Tournament and participant information:
• Approximately 20-22 Goalball teams (12-16 men’s teams, 8-10 women’s teams), each consisting of four to six athletes, two coaches and four staff.
• Eight to ten referees will be required based on number of teams entered.
• June 2013. Dates are flexible; however the dates should be late enough to accommodate the majority of student participant summer vacations.
• Athletes will typically arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday with the final matches being held on a Saturday evening. Athletes typically depart Sunday morning.
Minimum staffing, facility and logistical requirements the selected LOC must be able to provide:
• Reasonably priced room and board for approximately 150 individuals (90 males, 60 females).
• Housing for 10 officials reasonably separated from athletes.
• Two or three gyms within close proximity of each other with seating for 100-250 persons in at least one of the venues. Gyms must be free of excessive noise and allow tape and goals to be placed on the floor for the duration of the event.
• Concession stand and eating area for 100+ in between games.
• Adequate locker room facilities for athletes and separate restrooms for spectators.
• Airport transportation as well as transportation between venues.
• Classrooms or other locations for teams to gather prior to games.
• Goalball goals and nets for all venues. If the LOC does not have goals/nets readily available, the committee can make arrangements to ship nets in from either USABA or a local chapter at the LOC's expense.
• Ten officials (USABA will provide airfare).
• A minimum of one athletic trainer per venue during all scheduled competition times.
• A minimum of 12-15 volunteers per site per session (ages 16 and up).
Fees: The Local Organizing Committee has the authority to set entry fees for the event (subject to USABA review and approval).   When establishing entry fees, please understand teams are independently funded and operate on extremely limited budgets.   We want to ensure maximum athlete participation so we appreciate your attention regarding fees and related expenses.

Special consideration also will be given to bids that include the involvement of local groups that work with athletes with disabilities.

For more information or to submit a bid proposal, please contact USABA Sports Director John Potts.

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