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2017 Para Athlete All-Scholastics

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

 

Kids demonstrate the ultimate form of sportsmanship

 

 

 

One-on-one with Joe Walsh ’84, adaptive sports visionary

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

 

Champion Magazine – Seeing it Through

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.
Read more >>> http://www.ncaa.org/static/champion/seeing-it-through/

 

competitor-logoVisually Impaired Runner Chaz Davis Runs Record-Breaking Marathon

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  >>>
http://running.competitor.com/2016/12/news/visually-impaired-runner-chaz-davis-runs-record-breaking-23148-marathon_159896

 

Matt’s story: No obstaclesbch-sports-medicine

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/

 

 

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John Conceison: Chaz Davis reflects on Paralympic experience

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

wcax-logoDana’s top fan powering her push to Rio

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

 

wbur2 Mass. Paralympians — A Sailor And A Runner — Find Empowerment In Their Sports

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

 

espn_redDiverse U.S. Paralympic rowers pull in same direction, toward Rio gold

BRIGHTON, Mass. — It was only .26 seconds, but it might as well have been forever. For years, the United States had been chasing the British in para-rowing, and last year at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette-le-Lac, France, the U.S. almost caught them.  Read More >>>  http://scores.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/17419786/diverse-us-paralympic-rowers-single-minded-their-goal-winning-gold-rio

 

DorchReporterParalympic runner wins first place in Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Race

Paralympic runner Chaz Davis, who is legally blind, won the annual Martin Richard Memorial One Mile Invitational, which was held on Aug. 18 at Moakley Park in South Boston. The event honors the life of Dorchester’s own Martin Richard and benefits the YES program and the Martin Richard Foundation.  Read More >> http://www.dotnews.com/2016/paralympic-runner-wins-first-place-martin-richard-memorial-one-mile-ra

 

Grafton News

Rio bound, Davis never lost sight of running

AUGUST 28, 2016 – In just about a month one of Grafton’s own will be heading to Rio to participate in the 2016 Paralympic Games.  Chaz Davis qualified as part of Team USA’s track and field team for the 1,500 meter and 5,000 meter track races during nationals at Charlotte, North Carolina in June. His time of 4:05 for the 1,500 and the 15:25 for the 5,000 were not his personal best, but they were enough to garner a coveted team spot.  Read More >>>>  http://www.thegraftonnews.com/rio-bound-davis-never-lost-sight-of-running-2/

 

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Blind runner from UHart heading to Paralympic Games

Chaz Davis of Grafton, Massachusetts, lost his vision three years ago to a rare disease while he was a freshman at the University of Hartford.  Read more and see video >>

 

 

 

Salem NewsFrom Danvers to Rio: Cailin Currie to swim at Paralympic Games – The Salem News

The quest for gold in Rio did not end with Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.  Danvers’ own Cailin Currie will swim in the same pool where those Olympic stars earned their medals when she competes in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month.  Read more >> http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/from-danvers-to-rio-cailin-currie-to-swim-at-paralympic/article_ce7c7763-b042-5d94-b06e-eda28cf0652e.html

 

Coach KChaz Davis Interviewed on the Coach K Show

Chaz’s story is one of overcoming major adversity in the pursuit of a dream. He attended the University of Hartford as a D1 track and field athlete before being diagnosed with a degenerative disease that left him legally blind in both eyes during his freshman season. Read More >> http://www.thecoachkshow.com/ep9/

 

Chris Waddell named NBC analyst for Paralympic Games broadcast

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Stamford, Conn. – August 18, 2016 – Carolyn Manno leads an experienced roster of commentators as NBC Olympics presents more than 70 hours of coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, across NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games begins Wednesday, September 7, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with the Opening Ceremony.  Read More >>

Littleton’s Erich Manser a top-visually impaired triathlete

wickedlocal-littletonLITTLETON (July 25, 2016) Most people think of triathlons as an individual sport.
Some athletes may train as a team and in events like the Appleman Triathlon, teams can enter a relay division with separate people swimming, cycling and running. For the most part, however, once the starting gun sounds, they’re in the water and on the roads by themselves.

 

12-year-old Belmont swimmer is heading to the Paralympic trials

BELMONT (June 18, 2016) – Madeleine Babcock loves to race. And at the end of the month, while many of her peers will be settling into summer vacation, the 12-year-old from Belmont will be competing in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team.

 

 

 

 

Worcester Telegram logo Paralympic runner revs up athletes at Worcester Field Day

WORCESTER (June 1, 2016) – Jerome Singleton’s infectious smile couldn’t help but excite the young Worcester public schools track and field athletes at Wednesday’s Field Day.

 

 

 

US Sailing LogoMaureen McKinnon of Marblehead and Skipper Ryan Porteous  Earn Place On U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team for Rio (Sept. 7-18)

Portsmouth, R.I. –  Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.) have earned selection to the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team based on the results of the US Sailing Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the two-person keelboat. – See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/porteous-and-mckinnon-skud-18-earn-place-on-u-s-paralympic-sailing-team/#sthash.i23ER2Ld.dpuf

 

 

Madeleine Babcock to compete in U.S. Paralympic trials in June

Press-BelmontCitizenHeraldBorn with glaucoma and aniridia, conditions that left her blind in her right eye and with extremely poor vision (20 / 400) in her left, Madeleine Babcock has had to employ some unconventional techniques to pursue her love of swimming.

 

 

Belmont Citizen-Herald: Madeleine Babcock trains for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Press-BelmontCitizenHeraldMadeleine Babcock, 12 1/2, who is legally blind, trains in the Higginbottom Pool at Belmont High School during the Belmont Aquatic Team practice on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Madeleine has the hope of making the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

 

 

Boston Magazine: Katrina Gerhard’s Marathon Journey Began When She Stopped Walking

Boston MagazineIn eighth grade, the Acton resident took up the family tradition of folk dancing. She joined a sword-dancing group in Sudbury, practicing with the hope of competing in high school. Then she broke her collarbone.

 

 

ORR coach teams up with physically impaired athletes

SippicanlogoBLACKFor physically disabled athletes, there may not be a better high school in the state than Old Rochester Regional, at least that’s how senior Josh Winsper, freshman Mikayla Chandler and their parents feel.

 

 

 

Hartford Courant: In State First, Wheelchair Athletes Compete On Their High School Track Teams

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At a track and field meet hosted by Canton High School, Marquez and Newman became the first wheelchair athletes in state history to compete alongside their able-bodied high school peers as full members of their teams

 

WVIT – NBC Connecticut News at 6; Hartford & New Haven

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See television coverage of first-ever wheelchair race among Connecticut high school student athletes – Tuesday, April 11, 2016.

BostInno Approved: What To Do This Weekend, 4/22/16, Paralympic Experience

bostinnoThe Paralympic Experience is a one-day, multi-sport introductory clinic where individuals who have physical disabilities or visual impairments of any age can try a sport for the first time, get expert coaching, learn about local programs and be with others interested in adaptive sports.

 

 

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