James Kimball sees a world of possibilities in every step he takes during his race through life. Kimball is a legally blind cross-country runner at Nashoba Tech who refuses to be defined by his vision impairment. His inner strength and competitive spirit have helped Kimball surge to the head of the pack in all that he does, with no finish line in sight when it comes to what he can accomplish.
Femita had an accident at age 11 which resulted in part of her right leg being amputated. Her altered body caused her to develop a negative body image for much of her childhood but she didn’t internalize the social stigma she experienced nor allowed her disability to define or stop her from pursuing her goals. Today, 25 year old Femita is a graduate, Founder of non-profit organization Limb-it-less Creations Incorporated, and 2016 US gold national medalist for 100M after just 6 months of training! Femita oozes strength of mind! read on as we connect with her.
Madeleine Babcock and Becca Pizzi seem like an unlikely pair. Pizzi, a world-champion runner and local celebrity, would appear to have little overlap with a somewhat reserved eighth-grader from Chenery Middle School. But here they sit, side by side at a table outside the Bellmont Caffe on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and the mutual respect and affection is palpable. How did the bond between them come about? Read more >>>>
A special hockey program is giving blind students the chance to get out on the ice for an exhilarating whirl around the Bruins training facility. Read More >>>>
With the MIAA establishing adaptive competition in sports such as swimming and track & field, the Globe will now recognize para athletes in our seasonal All-Scholastic sections. Joe Walsh, president of Adaptive Sports New England, assisted in the selection of the first five honorees. http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/high-schools
While at Dartmouth, Joe Walsh ’84 discovered a love for cross-country skiing. That love launched a Paralympic career for the Braintree, Massachusetts native, who went on to work for the U.S. National Team. In 2009, he founded Adaptive Sports New England, a nonprofit which seeks to increase participation in sports among young adults in New England with visual, mobility and physical impairments. Read More >>> http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2017/01/one-on-one-with-joe-walsh-adaptive-sports-visionary
Chaz Davis silenced a slew of familiar fears as he joined the swarm of runners who toed the starting line. Clad in the colorful singlets of their schools, the men bounced and fidgeted in anticipation. Before them lay a grassy 8-kilometer cross country course that had become lined with fans. Davis couldn’t see any of it – not his competition, not the course, not the teammates he knew were by his side.
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Chaz Davis ran quite a debut marathon on Sunday at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. While his 2:31:48 result would be a strong effort for any first-time marathoner, his finish time is especially remarkable given that he is visually impaired and that he only really trained for the 26.2-mile distance for about six weeks. Read more >>>
Ninja warriors are used to obstacles, but few have faced what Matt has. After his leg was amputated following a car crash, Matt approached his recovery with grit and determination. Today, he’s a lacrosse star, ninja warrior and role model. Read More >>>> https://thriving.childrenshospital.org/amputee-becomes-lacrosse-star-thriving-blog/
What probably stunned Chaz Davis the most in the Olympic Village has him chuckling today. “The lines at the McDonald’s,” Davis said. “When I’m here in the U.S., I never go to McDonald’s.” But remember, Davis was taking part in the Olympic/Paralympic experience. While the Golden Arches have never claimed to be an athlete’s most nutritious route, the competitors, including many Americans, could well have been playing it safe with the food, not being familiar with Brazilian cuisine. Read More >>> http://www.telegram.com/sports/20160924/john-conceison-chaz-davis-reflects-on-paralympic-experience
PUTNEY, Vt. –In all of the equipment Alicia Dana puts on before a big ride, the most important piece of gear is one you can’t see. It’s the heart on her sleeve. “It can feel a little overwhelming at times. I have my moments of sort of, panic,” Dana said. Read More >>> http://www.wcax.com/story/33034187/danas-top-fan-powering-her-push-to-rio
Three years ago, Chaz Davis, of Grafton, was a freshman at the University of Hartford. He was doing well in school and running on the track and cross country teams, when he had a crushing medical setback. “One day in March I woke up and my right eye, I could really not see too much out of it at all,” Davis recalls. Read More >>> http://www.wbur.org/all-things-considered/2016/09/14/davis-mckinnon-paralympians