Tag: Wheelchair Athletes
Course sprouts excitement in dance community
The media coverage, buzz and participant feedback around the Para dance sport course in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has Cheryl Angelelli confident this is only the beginning in the USA.
The four-time Paralympic swimmer-turned-dancer helped organize the two-day course in late June that introduced the basics of the sport to 25 instructors from around the country.
TEN years after a devastating horse racing injury left a him paralysed from the chest down, former jockey Wayne Burton revealed how discovering wheelchair basketball has transformed his life.
Mr Burton was just 24 when he was involved in a horse jumping accident at Exeter racecourse in 2008.
Having left Pewsey Vale School in 1999 to begin a career in the horse racing industry, Mr Burton was left reeling when he was told that he would never walk again.
Houghton doesn’t let life-changing injury stop him racing
THE word determination is used a lot in sport – and for Andy Houghton it’s one of many words that could be used to best describe him and his sporting career.
Many people grow up dreaming of achieving success in sport and for Houghton it was no different.
Riding motorbikes has always been a huge passion of his and the determination and ambition that he has shown is one of the reasons why he has got where he is now.
WashU students design prototype garments for athletes with disabilities
Rugby is hard-hitting, fast-moving and adrenaline-fueled. But for elite Paralympic wheelchair athletes, the sport also can pose particular challenges.
Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’
The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we shatter stereotypes and show what’s possible- so we hope you’ll keep sharing your photos and videos and tag us moving forward.
In the course of three years, Taylor Graham has accomplished many things: Survived a motorcycle accident, adjusted to a spinal cord injury and a new life in a wheelchair, picked up the sport of wheelchair tennis, graduated from Southeast Community College, and even got married.
So what could possibly be next?
“We have a goal of competing in the Paralympics in 2020,” said Kevin Heim, his wheelchair tennis coach.
Stacy Kohut shreds Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails aboard his awesome Four Wheel bike!
Most of us expect to sweat when we get hot. But imagine if you couldn’t sweat. This condition actually affects many people with spinal cord injuries – like Alabama native Josh Roberts. Roberts will be in Rio de Janeiro this September for his third Paralympic Games. He’s a member of the 66-person U.S. track team and occasionally trains on the indoor track at Lakeshore Foundation, the Paralympic training center in Homewood. He’ll be competing in the men’s 100-meter track event in Rio. In contrast, he’s also racing in the much longer 1500-meter.
The popular wheelchair sport helped to launch the Paralympics in 1960
Jerry Fesenmeyer was an 18-year-old Iowa farm boy when he and his fellow marines from the First Division engaged in a desperate firefight with Japanese soldiers on the island of Okinawa. The date was June 5, 1945. Fesenmeyer was advancing toward Shuri Castle when he spotted an enemy soldier perched in a tree. He jumped from behind a wall to surprise him, only to find himself looking down the barrel of a Nambu sniper rifle.
The bullet entered Fesenmeyer’s chest between the heart and the shoulder, clipped a lung, and exited through his spine. Blood shot from his body like a geyser. “Fessy’s hit! Fessy’s hit!” someone was yelling as he blacked out.