United States Association for Blind Athletes
During the past year we were busy working with our members in the following activities:
We sponsored the St. Louis Firing Squad as they competed in various tournaments during the Association of Beep Baseball season. We will assist the Firing Squad Beep Baseball Tournament in St. Louis on May 10-20.
Track & Field
Our own David Brown, Paralympian, won a gold medal for the 100M at the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He continues to be the world record-holder for the 100M for the T11 category (totally blind) with a time of 10.89, besting his previous world record. He is considered the fastest blind runner in the world! David continues to train at the Paralympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, preparing for competitions later this month.
Adnan Gutic is a black belt in Judo and a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, who competes with both sighted and visually impaired competitors. He won the masters division at the Dallas Invitational in November, and the Visually Impaired division in the USA President’s Cup at the 178 lb. classification. He won the masters and open divisions in a tournament in Illinois in January. In February, he competed in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in St. Charles. He won the masters division and open division. Adnan won a gold medal in March at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan American Championship. At the end of this month, he will compete in the USA Judo National Championships in Salt Lake City. Josh Sisson is a new athlete who trains at the the same Dojo as Adnan, and will also compete in the USA Judo National Championships. Adnan and Josh practice five to six times per week and condition by lifting weights and running.
USABA-MO sponsored 9 students from Missouri School for the Blind in a skiing program at Hidden Valley. We also sponsored Erika Wolf, who attended Ski For Light in Colorado in January.
We support the expenses for two teams competing in the Blind Bowling league in the St Louis area.
CampAbilities St. Louis
USABA-MO provided funding and leadership to CampAbilities St. Louis held in July 2016. CampAbilities is a educational/sports camp for visually impaired youth, ages 10-16. We are pleased to be able to assist again for the 2018 camp to be held at the MIssouri School for the Blind on July 7-12.
We have not had an athlete interested in tandem cycling for many years, so we are happy to be able to assist a new athlete, Erika Wolf, who is getting started with training.