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Athlete Highlight

The Unshakeable Focus of Josh Welborn and USA Men’s Goalball


article courtesy of International Blind Sports Federation Josh Welborn throws the goalball at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Photo by Mark Reis At the tender age of 22, Josh Welborn has seen his fair share of success on the goalball court. Having been part of the silver medal-winning team at last year’s Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he led the U.S. team with 19 goals, Welborn is now one of the team's hopefuls heading to next year’s Paralympic Games. As a finance student at the University of Utah, Welborn’s love and passion for the sport bodes well for the…  Read More

Amanda Dennis, USA Women’s Goalball Team Fired Up For Tokyo in 2021


(article courtesy International Blind Sports Federation) USA Women's Goalball Coach Jake Czechowski raises his arms in the air as assistant coach John Potts, trainer Jen Brown, and players Lisa Czechowski and Shavon Lockhardt celebrate a victory over Canada at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (photo by Mark Reis) A couple of veteran players mixed with a fresh, younger team, together with a new defensive system, means that the defending women’s bronze medalists, the USA, are fired up, ready for Tokyo 2020.Having competed in the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympics, Amanda Dennis and her team are using…  Read More

Athlete Perspective: The Lights Are On! We Are Awake!

By Lamar Brown, N.Y. Association of Blind Athletes It has been more than 400 years that black people in America have been largely underrepresented, misrepresented, and denied inalienable human rights that are to be afforded to all citizens in accordance with the Constitution. One must be incredibly honest and recognize that America and its prosperity can largely be attributed to what materialized as free labor, that being slavery and all the benefits that it entailed. One must consider the historical mental anguish and the overall feeling of despair in the black community. George Floyd was merely the catalyst to igniting…  Read More

USA Women’s Goalball Celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

February 5th is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day set aside to celebrate and encourage the involvement of females in sports, so more women can emerge as leaders in sports and life. Sports are much more than just a game or just a competition. Sports are an opportunity to learn more about yourself and develop skills that will benefit you in and out of competition. In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we asked members of our women’s goalball team to share their experiences in sports and how they use their love for sports…  Read More

Blind Surfer Rides the Waves of Life

by Sierra Romero Surfing commands precision, endurance, patience, and so much more. Every second and every movement counts. According to a 2018 study by Ponting and O’Brien, there are around 35 million surfers in at least 162 countries worldwide. As the number continues to increase every day, there is also a growing demographic of surfers who take on an additional challenge beyond commanding the waves. Joshua Loya, 39, is a blind national championship surfer from Santa Cruz, Calif. In his sophomore year of high school, Loya went blind as the result of an accident, but he didn’t let it stop…  Read More

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