Friday, September 20, 2019

Tag: Wheelchair Sports

Meet The Librarian Who Became Australia’s First Female Wheelchair Rugby Star

Published: August 30, 2019

“It’s different being on court, smashing each other, and then going off to the library and telling people to keep it down.”

Librarian by day, wheelchair rugby player by night. Impressive, right? If that’s not enough, Shae Graham became the first female athlete to represent Australia in wheelchair rugby at the beginning of this year, and now, she’s working hard towards her next goal: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in one year’s time.

LIVING THE DREAM How I became a wheelchair tennis star after I was paralysed...

Published: June 9, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

LAUREN Jones, 23, is a wheelchair tennis player from Worthing.

Lauren, who was number 25 in the world, tells how she made her sport dreams come true and is now living a life she loves, despite her disability.

Oscar Mike: Noah Currier’s mission to empower injured veterans inspires hope and healing

Published: March 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The founder of Oscar Mike, a million-dollar apparel company focused on supporting injured veterans, receives his care at the Milwaukee VA. Noah Currier, who is passionate about wheelchair sports, will be fitted for a new wheelchair on March 13 in preparation for the upcoming National Quad Rugby Invitational.

Oscar Mike is sponsoring the National Quad Rugby Invitational in Rockford, Illinois from March 28 to 30. There are currently more than 200 slots available for area athletes.

Disabled golfer becomes first worldwide to captain an able-bodied club

Published: February 5, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A golfer who uses just one arm to play his shots is set to become the world’s first paraplegic captain of an able-bodied club.

Terry Kirby, 63, was a budding new golfer before – in a devastating turn of events – he lost all feeling below his chest following the removal of a tumour found on his spinal cord.

Mr Kirby, who had one leg shorter than the other, was visiting the doctors in 1994 to be given a shoe stint.

However, he was rushed to hospital after a doctor commented on the weakness of his legs.

Para-football gave Colin Shields ‘something to work towards and enjoy’

Published: February 19, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Colin Shields is on the brink of representing his country at a sport he loves, something that would have been inconceivable seven years ago when an accident at work left him paralysed.

The 37-year-old has a spinal cord injury that leaves him reliant on a motorised wheelchair.

His job had included winter gritting and he was carrying out routine maintenance on the truck shortly before New Year. Shields recalls how he slipped, fell off the side of the vehicle and landed on his head, breaking his neck.

Specialty wheelchairs help athletes thrive

Published: November 16, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

TAMPA (FOX 13) – They are athletes who have faced more challenges than sports but there’s a company in Pinellas Park giving them a competitive edge with the right set of wheels.

Disabled Veterans Using Rowing To Push Forward

Published: July 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Disabled veterans David Graham and John Fay would like to use their stories as an example to others facing disabilities or hardships in life, that the key is to keep pushing forward.

UH Study: Wheelchair Rugby Lowers Depression and Stress in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: June 15, 2017

Wheelchair rugby is a high-octane team contact sport changing the lives and mental health of the spinal cord injury patients who play it.

Accident survivor making a name in wheelchair tennis

Published: December 3, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

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.

Communication, Sport and Disability: The Case of Power Soccer

Published: August 11, 2015

power-soccer-book-coverAbout: Sports are everywhere in American society, and given their prominence in the culture, it is easy to understand how most youth in the United States face pressure to participate in organized sports. But what does this mean for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who live with one or more physical disabilities and, in particular, those in powered wheelchairs?

Located at the intersection of sports and disability, this book tells the story of power soccer – the first competitive team sport specifically designed for power wheelchair users. Beginning in France in the 1970s, today, over sixty teams compete within the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) and the sport is actively played in over thirty countries.

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