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
CLICK HERE to view USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan (Revised June 14, 2019).
This document is updated with information from the March 19, 2019 Board of Athletics meeting, where the ongoing Strategic Plan was discussed and conclusions were achieved, under the guidance of the Strategic Plan Coordinator, Mark Winitz. The primary emphasis for this Olympiad is “membership growth”. There are five planning areas:
- Administration and Governance
- Athlete Development and Competition
- Marketing and Promotions
- Resources and Education/Training
At the meeting, after breakout sessions for each planning area, the leader of each session gave a report to all the meeting’s attendees, answered questions, and accepted additional input.
Following the meeting, the leaders of each of the planning areas updated their planning area’s strategic plan and submitted the information to Mark Winitz, who then compiled all five of the planning areas’ information into this document. USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan is a very useful document to show how PA Committees join forces to set goals for the USATF Pacific’s future. Review this document to understand how USATF Pacific plans to move forward as we approach the 2020 Olympics. If you have questions or suggestions, direct them to the “responsible party(ies)” listed for each planning area.
► PA Statements for Contested Positions on PA Youth & Coaches Committees (rev. 1 June); post includes ballot details.
Board of Athletics members: Watch for an email arriving May 25 with the ballot for candidate voting.
Elections for these positions will take place from 25 May-26 June, with results announced before 30 June. Details below:
- June 26 at midnight is the deadline for ballots to be returned.
- Send ballots to [email protected]
- Email addresses that have opted out of Constant Contact will not receive the ballot. Please contact Secretary Stephanie Trafton if you think you have not received a ballot in error. Those in the Coaches Committee and Youth Committee (eligible clubs with SafeSport, 3+ athletes, etc.) and other eligible voters will receive a ballot for only the contested positions in their committee.
Direct questions to USATF Pacific Secretary, Stephanie Trafton.
Congratulations to the following members who have stepped up to lead our association for the next two years!
President: Charlotte Sneed
First Vice President: Irene Herman
Second Vice President: Brooks Esser
Secretary: Stephanie Trafton
Treasurer: J.R. Heberle
All Executive Officers and Committee Chairs are encouraged to nominate those on your committee or with-in our Association for any of the Association Awards being presented at our 19 March BoA Meeting:
- Service Award
- Tom Moore Award
- Hall of Fame
Nominations are due by Friday, 1 March to Awards Chair Leroy Milam: [email protected]
The USATF_Pacific Association will host its annual meeting Tuesday, 18 September at the Foster City Recreation Department from 7:30-10:00pm. Foster City Recreation Center, (650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, 94404).
Primary tasks at the Annual Meeting are to approve the 2019 operating budget and approve sixteen delegates to the Columbus Annual Meeting.
Agenda and meeting information will be posted one week before the meeting at: https://www.pausatf.org/about/meetings/
In Remembrance of George Kleeman
Monday, 30 April:
Christ the King Catholic Church
199 Brandon Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (google maps link)
9:30-10:00am – viewing
10:00 – Mass
Immediate following: Reception with buffet lunch and open mic
Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant
(walking distance from church)
611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (google maps link)
Private burial following
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation to the George Kleeman Officials Training Fund. This fund is a part of the Pacific Association Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Or mail cash and check donations to:
Pacific Association Foundation
George Kleeman Officials Training Fund
120 Ponderosa Ct.
Folsom, CA 95630
The Pacific Association Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to assist members of the Pacific Association with funding for programs to develop Olympic-caliber athletes and to support vital regional youth programs, coaching education, officials’ clinics, and more.
► PARA Paralympic-Eligible Athletes Coaching Clinic for Coaches and Athletes – Fri, 25 March – Folsom HS ￼
Learn More Below
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