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Athlete Highlight

Goalball Gametime with Amanda Dennis


Amanda Dennis poses for a photo at the U.S. Paralympic Training Site at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (photo by Julie Larame) Aiming for her third straight Paralympic Games, 27-year-old Amanda Dennis spent the past year getting married to German goalball player Michael Feistle and training for much of the year in Berlin. Find out more about this ambidextrous lover of sweets in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? A: When I was little I played soccer for a season, because my older brother did that, and I wanted to be like him. I got enrolled…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Josh Welborn


Josh Welborn makes a stop with his legs during the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (photo by Shannon Galea/Wheelchair Sports USA) Did you know Josh Welborn was a guitarist and singer in a "past life"? And that if he makes the U.S. Paralympic Team this year it won't be his first trip to Tokyo? Find out more about this entrepreneur and pizza lover in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? A: I was first exposed to goalball by (seven-time Paralympian) Jen Armbruster when I was 6 years old at a sports camp for the…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Lisa Czechowski


Lisa Czechowski at home at the U.S. Paralympic Training Site in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lisa Czechowski has competed in the last five Paralympic Games, winning three medals in goalball and one in the discus. She has also added four world championship medals to her collection. Find out what has motivated Lisa during the pandemic, what living at the U.S. Paralympic Training Site in Fort Wayne means to her, and more in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? A: I was exposed to goalball in high school by an adaptive physical education teacher from the New Jersey…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Matt Simpson


Matt Simpson (r) and teammate Tyler Merren combine to make a stop during the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru (photo by Shannon Galea/Wheelchair Sports USA) A recent law school graduate now working in a law firm...a husband...a new father...oh, and also training to represent Team USA at his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. You could say that Matt Simpson is a busy man. Find out more about Matt and what keeps him motivated in this Q&A: Q: How did you get started in goalball, and what sports did you play before? How did they help you…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Asya Miller


Photo credit: Julie Larame Asya Miller is aiming to represent Team USA at an astounding sixth-straight Paralympic Games this August in Tokyo. In her five previous Paralympic Games, Asya has earned four medals. Her first medal, a bronze, came as a track and field athlete in the discus throw at the Sydney 2000 Games. The other three Paralympic medals all came in goalball, winning silver in 2004, gold in 2008, and bronze in 2016. Asya has also competed internationally in powerlifting. Find out more about Asya, including her fondness for tater tots and dinosaurs, in this Q&A: Q: How were…  Read More

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