April, 2011The Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association in conjunction with Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA, San Antonio Sports and U.S. Paralympics is pleased to announce the Texas Regional Games, being held April 15-16, 2011, at Heroes Stadium and Morgan’s Wonderland Park. This is the first regional track meet for athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments being held in the state of Texas since 2000.
“The Texas Regional Games will be a great way for athletes with physical and visual disabilities to experience the feeling of competition, for many this will be their first time to compete since the onset of their disability,” said Wendy Gumbert, event director.
The Texas Regional Games will provide participants with the opportunity to test their skills in track and field events, archery, air guns and a wheelchair challenge course. The event will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday and will host over 70 athletes from across the state of Texas, including athletes from both Fort Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center.
Among the military athletes competing in San Antonio will be Purple Heart recipient and Center for the Intrepid graduate Kortney Clemons (Little Rock, Miss.). Fresh off his Team USA debut at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, Clemons will compete in the 100 meters, an event in which he is the defending national champion (T42) and long jump events. Clemons completed his rehabilitation at San Antonio’s Center for the Intrepid after losing his leg to an improvised explosive device while deployed with the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq. During his rehabilitation, he attended a U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Camp being held at Brooke Army Medical Center and has been training in the sport of track and field ever since. He now has his sights set representing the United States at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
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About Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association:
Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association is the regional organization for Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA. The regional area includes: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Texas. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides sport competition for those individuals with a physical disability.
About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at www.usparalympics.org.