The Pacific Association’s Para Athletics Committee was established in 2012. Prior to 2012, this Committee was referred to as the Disabled Athletes Committee and chaired for many years by Charlie Sheppard. In 2014, under the leadership of the current Chair George Rehmet, and Charlie Sheppard, this committee was responsible for bringing the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Championships to the Pacific Association.
Para Athletes compete in Track & Field Paralympic events, which include track sprints and distance events, field events of throwing and jumping, and the marathon. Learn more by visiting the Track & Field page of Team USA.
PA/USATF Para Athletics Committee News
► PARA Paralympic-Eligible Athletes Coaching Clinic for Coaches and Athletes – Fri, 25 March – Folsom HS ￼
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Paralympic-Eligible Athletes Coaching Clinic for Coaches and Athletes – Fri, 25 March – Folsom HS
In support of the recently announced Inclusive Sports program by the California Interscholastic Federation, join U.S. Paralympics and U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Team coaches for a training and educational afternoon at Folsom High School. The session will cover training modifications and best practices for Paralympic-eligible track & field athletes including wheelchair racing, Para-ambulatory racing, seated and Para-ambulatory throws and practical instruction for coaches and athletes.
Those who are invited to attend are Paralympic-eligible athletes, high school, middle school and college coaches, USATF officials and coaches, physicians, therapists and any others interested in Paralympic track & field.
Date/Time: Friday, March 25; 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Please arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in)
Location: Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA 95630
Hosted by: U.S. Paralympics, U.S. Paralympic Track & Field, Folsom High School T&F Team
Please view this informational flyer for registration and additional details or CLICK HERE to register.
Dan Schwieder, MS, CTRS
Manager, Paralympic Community Partnerships
United States Olympic Committee
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
The Pacific Association will hold it’s annual Board of Athletics meeting on Tuesday, 22 September at the Foster City Library-Community Center beginning at 7:30pm. Before the meeting from 6:00-7:20 we will acknowledge our 2015 Association Service and Tom Moore Award Winners.
Click here for full information and supporting documents, (scroll half way down the page).
Pacific Association Committee Chair and Officers nominations are now open until Sunday, 19 July at 11:59pm.
Please consider stepping up and either nominate yourself or have someone nominate you for a position in a committee that most interests you to further the success of our Association and it’s programs!
Click here for positions open for election and nomination procedures: 2015 Pacific Association Committee Nomination-Election information 2015 Pacific Association Committee nomination-election announcement
PLEASE CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED TO FURTHER IMPROVE OUR ASSOCIATION!
United in Stride Site Unites Guided Runners with Visually Impaired Runners
United in Stride was founded in 2015 by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) as a tool to unite runners who are blind or visually impaired with sighted guides across North America. The goal of this resource is to ease the challenge of finding sighted guides close to home, or when traveling to another part of the country for vacation or a race. United in Stride believes that a robust, interactive sighted guide database will create more opportunities for the next generation of visually impaired runners. One can sign up as a sighted guide or a visually impaired runner.
Wheel Chair events in USATF Pacific Open T&F Championships
The PAUSATF will host the 100m, 400m, and 1500m wheelchair events in the USATF Pacific Open T&F Championships on Sunday June 14, 2015. Athletes with other disability categories will be considered. Please contact the Para Athletics Chair for more information.
Valor Games Far West Set for May 29 to June 1, 2015
In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Northern California Regional Paralympic Sport Program, Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association will host Valor Games Far West from May 29 to June 1, 2015 on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA.
The Valor Games event is for any Veteran with a disability who is eligible for VA healthcare. The goal of the Valor Games is to introduce adapted sports to attendees. In the area of track and field, the discus and shot will be contested on Monday, June 1 from 8AM-11:30AM. Officials are needed for this event and should contact the Para Athletics Chair.