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3rd Annual Paralympic Sport NY Track & Field Open Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

On Thursday May 17, 2012 the Third Annual Paralympic Sport New York Track & Field Open was held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. This event was sponsored by the New York City Parks Department and involved 17 schools from the New York City Department of Education.  This year’s track meet hosted 181 student athletes with physical disabilities who ranged from kindergarten to high school seniors. Schools came from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

Student athletes competed in 100, 200 and 400 meter runs and relay races on the track. There was also a slalom obstacle course. In the field, future Paralympians competed in the long jump, discus, shot put, and javelin throw and bocce ball.  

This was the first competitive track & field meet for many of the athletes. The entries included Athletes with Visual Impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Strokes, Muscular Dystrophy, Dwarfism, Spinal Cord Injuries and Hearing Impairments.

The meet organizers would also like to thank students from Children’s Workshop School, TASS Middle School, and Regis High School for a terrific volunteer effort. Tremendous thanks also to the NYC Department of Education, NYC Parks, Wheelchair Sports Federation, US Paralympics, City Parks Foundation and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

 Congratulations to all the athletes.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 01:24
 
PVA Handcycling Clinic (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) hosted a Handcycling clinic for Veterans and disabled adults on Wednesday May 15, 2012 at Fort Totten NY.  Over 30 riders came out to try the sport of handcycling and learn from experienced riders.  With the help of 10 volunteers from New York City Parks and Recreation, United Spinal Association and Wheelchair Sports Federation, all had the chance to try out the specialized equipment and take a ride along the Cross Island Parkway.

 For more information about upcoming PVA Handcycling Clinics, please visit  http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLcJ2E/b.6306009/k.B4BC/Adaptive_Handcycling_Clinics.htm

 
The Bench 5K Play Fit-Stay Fit! Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

10 Handcyclers and 4 Push Rim Racers participated in the 2012 Bench 5K Run/Walk to benefit Play Fit-Stay Fit! on Saturday May 12, 2012 in Stony Brook NY.  Play Fit-Stay Fit! is a comprehensive wellness program for child survivors of cancer and their families that provides fitbess, psychosocial, and nutritional support for the entire family.

Top handcyclers were Ricardo Corral, Billy Hannigan and Cristobal Rivera. 

For more information about Play Fit-Stay Fit! 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 03:40
 
2012 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

Wheelchair Sports Federation teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday May 6th, 2012 for a day of cruising through New York City on Handcycles. The handcyclers joined over 35,000 cyclists for the 40 mile to your that went through all five boroughs of New York City.  Starting in Manhattan and going through Queens,Bronx, Brooklyn and ending in Staten Island.

The morning started off overcast but as the day progressed the sun came out and it was just an all-around beautiful day to cycle. To end a perfect ride the crew  regrouped at South Street Seaport for a victory lunch.

For more information about the Bike New York please go to http://www.bikenewyork.org

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 May 2012 23:52
 
Local Man wins Silver at World Indoor Rowing Championships Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

Bill Schneider (NY) center in the picture, finished second and won a silver medal in the LTA-PD (Legs Trunks and Arms-Physically Disabled) category at the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships at Boston University on February 19th, 2012. There were 13 competors in the race, 46 adaptive rowers all together and 2,000 rowers overall. His time for 100 meter race was 3:38. The first place winner is a current member of the National Adaptive Rowing Team for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Bill's goal is to qualify for an invitation to the National Adaptive Rowing Team by May 1st, by reducing his time to 3:20 for 100 meters.  Good luck Bill!

To learn more about Adaptive Rowing, please visit http://www.rownewyork.org/ 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 17:46
 
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