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Powerlifting

U.S. Army Veterans to Compete in Powerlifting at 2017 Rocky Mountain State Games


The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is sending three powerlifters to compete in the 16th Annual Rocky Mountain State Games; Charles King (Philadelphia, Penn.), local athlete, Thomas Monroe (Pueblo, Colo.) and Tony Taliani (Columbus, Ohio). King, a post-Vietnam war veteran who was honorably discharged from the Army for health reasons has overcome depression, homelessness and cancer since losing his sight to hereditary acute glaucoma. King competed in his first powerlifting competition at 60 years old in 2010 and has competed in multiple international competitions since, including the 2015 International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Seoul where…  Read More

USABA Competitive and Recreational Community Sports Integration Project for Veterans


A key component of military service regardless of the era challenges one’s physical abilities. Remember all of those long ruck marches, unit fun runs, and PT tests? Yes, like many of you I try not to as well, but one cannot argue against the amount of research and information about the benefits of exercise to combat adverse health and mental health conditions. More importantly, organizations like USABA; Team Red, White, and Blue; Achilles, and your local sporting groups built tremendous communities with a vested interest in the wellbeing of those who elect to participate. USABA just rolled out a new…  Read More

U.S. Army Veterans to Compete in Powerlifting Events at Rocky Mountain State Games


For Immediate Release Blind U.S. Army Veterans to Compete in Powerlifting at Rocky Mountain State Games Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 26, 2016) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is sending three powerlifters to compete in the 15th Annual Rocky Mountain State Games; Charles King (Philadelphia, Penn.), local athlete, Thomas Monroe (Pueblo, Colo.) and Dan Finan (Omaha, Neb.). King, a post-Vietnam war veteran who was honorably discharged from the Army for health reasons has overcome depression, homelessness and cancer since losing his sight to hereditary acute glaucoma. King competed in his first powerlifting competition at 60 years old in…  Read More

2015 IBSA World Games Recap

This month, four USABA athletes competed in the IBSA World Games in Seoul this month. With 6,000 athletes from over 80 countries, stakes were high. Powerlifter Charles King (Philadelphia, Penn.) competed as the oldest visually impaired powerlifter in the US. King finished fourth in the competition and was interviewed by USABA ParaSport News correspondent [srlink]here. Dan Finan (Van Nuys, Calif.) was the only junior powerlifter in his weight class and finished 9th in the 90kg weight class. Newcomer Nick Gasaway (Vacaville, Calif.) finished 6th in his first world championships appearance. Track & field athlete, Kevin Brousard (San Clemente, Calif.) brought home…  Read More

Team USABA Finishes Big at 2012 IBSA World Benchpress and Powerlifting Championships


Earlier this week, Team USABA returned home from the 2012 IBSA World Benchpress and Powerlifting Championships with a few extra souvenirs in their bags-- 5 Gold medals, 8 Silver medals and 8 Bronze medals for their accomplishments at the 2012 IBSA World Benchpress and Powerlifting Championships (and Pan-American Regional Championships) held July 4-7 in Orlando, Florida. This team, a mix of veteran lifters and young talent performed as a well-oiled machine, making their presence known in the IBSA international powerlifting community.  The women, all first-time competitors on international stage finished strong, earning women a 4th place overall finish in the…  Read More

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