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Preparing for PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

More than 500 athletes from around the world are preparing to travel to South Korea to compete on the largest international stage for athletes with disabilities – the Paralympic Winter Games. There will be plenty of excitement with athletes competing in four snow sport disciplines and two ice sport disciplines. To get an idea of what you can expect from athletes with visual impairments, we put together this quick guide. Currently, athletes with visual impairments can compete in three sports at the Paralympic Winter Games – alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon. Alpine Alpine Skiing has five disciplines in the…  Read More

Stepping into 2018 with Better Health

More than 340 Americans who are blind and visually impaired took 513 million steps to improve their physical fitness as part of the 2017 USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. Across eight states, participants at 13 partner agencies engaged in sports and fitness programming in their local communities and used Fitbit technology to set goals and track their progress. Their efforts over the nine-month program resulted in weight loss, healthier habits, beating illness and a sense of community. Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are blind and visually impaired across the…  Read More

Goalball Couple’s Support Impacts Performance On and Off the Court

For two elite goalball players, the goalball court means more than the place they found their sport – it’s where they found each other. Rio 2016 Paralympic medalist Marybai Huking and 2017 Youth World Champion Josh Welborn met at the USABA Youth Goalball National Championships in 2010. What started as a friendship eventually grew into more. “Our teams became friends,” said Huking. “We were initially pretty indifferent towards each other but got to know each other better and became closer over time.” Sharing a passion for goalball not only brought the two together, it’s helped them understand and encourage each…  Read More

2018 Cascade Classic Tournament Recap

Eleven teams competed at the 2018 Cascade Classic Goalball tournament this weekend which served as USABA’s first regional tournament of the year. Gold in the Women’s division went to the Rose City Thorns,  second to a pool team combination players from each side of the USA/Canadian border and Arizona Sting finished third. On the men’s side, BC won their sixth Cascade Classic title in eight years defeating Alberta, 4-2 in the finals.  BC2 defeated a Pool team (Joey and the Vets) for bronze.  Three new teams, Omaha Mavericks, Tacoma Typhoon and the Seattle King Cobras, made their division two debut…  Read More

Rio 2016 Paralympian Guided by Elite Ultra Marathoner, Michael Wardian

Paralympian, Chaz Davis surprised us all last December when he broke an American record in the B2 visual impairment category in his debut marathon. Davis finished the California International Marathon in an impressive 2:31:48, winning the 2016 U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Marathon National Championship title in the men’s division. And this just months after competing in the 1500m and 5000m events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The following month, elite ultra-marathoner, Michael Wardian won the 2017 World Marathon Championships – a seven-day tour across the seven continents for seven marathons – in record time, averaging 2:45:57 for each. Both runners have…  Read More

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