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Paralympic Track & Field Clinic

posted by Paul Johnson

Clinic Info at TRPS

SWAA Powerlifting

posted Jan 6, 2018, 6:25 PM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Jan 6, 2018, 6:30 PM ]

Thank you and Congratulations to our lifters who competed today at UTA!

Chance Dean won with a lift of 345 LBS

Zack Jones was second with a lift of 340 LBS

Kingsley Ogbobu was third with a lift of 115 LBS

SWAA Powerlifting

2018 Junior Nationals

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:33 PM by Paul Johnson

Date: September 28, 2017
Turnstone Center to Host the Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals
Littleton, CO - Adaptive Sports USA announced today that they will be hosting the Adaptive Sports USA
2018 Junior Nationals in conjunction with the Turnstone Center. The event is scheduled for July 21 - 28
in Fort Wayne, IN.

”Turnstone, Visit Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne are proud to collaborate with Adaptive
Sports USA to host the 35 iteration of the Junior Nationals. Fort Wayne is centrally located and
provides easy access from most anywhere in the United States. When you couple Turnstone’s
Plassman Athletic Center with the community’s first class sport venues, hotels and recreational
and entertainment options along with Indiana’s famed Hoosier Hospitality, Fort Wayne is
committed to hosting a first class event for the expected 300+ athletes along with families and
spectators who will visit Fort Wayne.” Mike Mushett, CEO, Turnstone.

This event is the largest longstanding annual multi-sport event for youth with a physical disability and/or
visual impairment in the United States. Junior Nationals has traveled to a different host city annually
since its inception in 1984. The weeklong national sport championship is open to young athletes through
the age of 22 and includes educational clinics, socials and competition in archery, powerlifting,
swimming, track and field, and more.

DFW Sled Hockey ice time

posted Sep 17, 2017, 10:20 AM by Paul Johnson

UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports EXPO Oct 28

posted Sep 13, 2017, 4:45 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 4:50 AM ]

Event Activities
Come enjoy a day of interactive adaptive sports activities, including;
• Wheelchair basketball • Sit volleyball • Goalball • Rugby• Golf • Track & field • Dance • and more!
Local resources will be available to help individuals of all abilities and interests get involved!
Medal-winning Paralympians will speak about their experiences with adaptive sports.
Volunteers are needed for this event.  You can sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4cacaf22a4f94-utsw 


posted Sep 11, 2017, 12:44 PM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 12:46 PM ]

This National Classification Training Course will be offered at the Adaptive Sports USA, National Conference in Phoenix, AZ, October 26-28.

This course is developed to train medical and technical classifiers to become proficient in the assessment methods to determine if an athlete with physical disability meets the Minimal Impairment Criteria and to be able to provide that athlete with a Sport Class for Track and Field. 

This course is a 3-day training course. If you enroll in this course, you must stay with the training track for the duration of the conference. Through a Craig H. Nielsen Foundation grant, there will be some funding available to assist with expenses for this course.

To be eligible for the training, participants must meet one of the following criteria:
Degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, exercise/sport science OR have nationally recognized Athletics coaching qualifications
Participants interested in this course must send an email, indicating their interest and background, to Deanne Fay at Dfay@atsu.edu no later than Sept 27th. 

All interested participants will be notified by Oct 3rd of their selection for this course.  Prior to attending this course, participants will be required to complete the following
U.S. Paralympics Introduction to Track and Field Classification Course
Available on Blackboard CourseSites, link provided upon registration.
IPC Introduction to Para Sport (if not already completed) https://www.ipc-academy.org/?academy=1&course=47
World Para Athletics Classification Programme  https://www.ipc-academy.org/?academy=1&course=48
(The WPA Athletics Classifcation Programme requires that you complete the IPC introduction to ParaSport modules prior to completing the WPA Athletics Classification program.)

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to proceed to the practical portion as a National Track and Field Classification Trainee. For the practical portion of the training, the participant will need to attend 2 or 3 approved classification opportunities at events in which National Classifiers will be available to assess their evaluation skills. Once it has been determined that a participant is able to perform at the national level, participants will move from Trainee status and will receive their certification with U.S. Paralympics as a National Track and Field Classifier.

Sled Hockey Charity Game

posted Jul 23, 2017, 5:36 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 5:37 AM ]

There will be a Post game VIP Meet & Greet until 6:00 PM which will include food and drinks in the observation deck bar area of the Farmers Branch rink.

Reeve Foundation Grant

posted Jul 10, 2017, 11:01 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 11:01 AM ]

SWAA is a recipient of a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation to support our track and field program with the purchase of equipment.
Thank you to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

PhD Study

posted May 26, 2017, 5:40 PM by Paul Johnson

My name is Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao and I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) at Georgia State University in Atlanta GA.  I am in the dissertation phase of my program and my research is focused on identifying critical factors that motivate athletes with disabilities to continue their sport participation. I have created an online, confidential questionnaire that should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. The questions are very intuitive and easy to understand and answer.

There is no compensation for completion of the online questionnaire. Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. Participating in this survey will not pose any more risks than you would encounter on any normal day. Also, participation in this study will not have any positive or negative effect.

Below is a hyperlink to the consent form and survey, which you may copy and paste into your web browser.


Please help disseminate this survey to your friends, who are also athletes with disabilities. Your help and answers are extremely valuable, and can provide practitioners in the field of adapted physical activity and sport psychology, program organizers and policy makers with insights to guide decision-making regarding where to intervene to most meaningfully influence sport participation and continued commitment for enhanced quality of life and well-being in individuals with physical disabilities.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 404-916-6356 or at ‘wyao1@student.gsu.edu’.  Or, you can contact Dr. Shapiro at 404-413-8372, or by email at ‘dshapiro@gsu.edu’.

I thank you in advance for your consideration to assist us in expanding the knowledge base on factors that influence sport commitment of athletes with disabilities.


Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao, M.S.

Physical Education Teacher Education

Department of Kinesiology and Health

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA 30303

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