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2016 Rio Paralympics Filled with “Firsts” for US Athletes with Intellectual Disability

Rio 2016 Paralympics Logo
The 2016 Rio Paralympic was filled with firsts for US para-athletes with intellectual disability. On the very same day of competition both Brianna Clark and Michael Brannigan became the first US athletes with intellectual disability to medal at the Parlympics. Clark handily won the Gold in the Women's 400m with a time of 57.79 and Brannigan took Gold in the men's 1500m with a time of 3:51.73. Tysheem Griffin was also selected to the team and competed in the men's 400m following strong medal performances at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Ecuador and 2016 US Paralympics ...

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Coach Patrick Thoreson Honored by US Masters Swimming

Ecuador Swimming US Team
Wins Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Barry Holman (202) 544-0510 Athletes Without Limits’ Global Games US Swim Coach and  Head Coach of the Atlanta-based Nautical Milers AWL Affiliate Swim Team, Patrick Thoreson, has been awarded the prestigious United States Masters Swimming “Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award” for 2016. The award, created by the USMS Coaches’ Committee in 2008, recognizes the top US Masters swim coaches in the county. Thoreson, aka “Coach Pat,” from Atlanta, GA, was inspired to start a ...

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Brisbane to host 2019 INAS Global Games

Brisbane, AUS
For Immediate Release: 12th June 2015 Learn more on our Athlete Without Limits Global Games page. INAS – the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability – has selected Brisbane, Australia to host the 5th INAS Global Games in 2019. The Games – a week long championship featuring nine sports – will attract more than 1000 of the world’s elite athletes with an intellectual disability. The opening ceremony will take place on 19th October 2019. Sport Inclusion Australia (formerly AUSRAPID) is the INAS member ...

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US Team Prepares for 2015 Inas Global Games Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador
Top US athletes are preparing to take on the world at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Quito, Ecuador September 20 - 27. The US will be led by reigning tennis world champions Brittany Taglareni (singles), her doubles partner Katherine Richards and 2011 Global Games defending cycling champion Syd Lea. The US will field teams in track and field, swimming, tennis, cycling and basketball. Over 1000 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete in the pre-eminant elite sports competition for athletes with intellectual disability. "We are very proud of the US athletes ...

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US Swimmers Win 26 Medals at the 2014 Guayaquil Para-Swimming Open

Ecuador Swimming US Team
This November the Athletes Without Limits US Swim Team traveled to the Guayaquil Para-Swimming Open in Ecuador. Our swimmers won a total of 26 medals and broke 4 American records at the event. Congrats to the team and special thanks to Coaches Pat Thoreson and Barry Holman for heading up a successful trip.    

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Athletes Without Limits Video

Filmmaker and photographer Damone Brown recently spent time with Athletes Without Limits founder Barry Holman and some of our swimmers and rowers to talk about what we do and why we do it.

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9th Annual GTAC Paralympic Swim Meet

University of Cincinnatti Pool
May 19-20, 2012 The University of Cincinnati Keating Aquatic Center, Cincinnati, Ohio Athletes Without Limits staff will attend this event to coach athletes with intellectual disability (S14) interested in pursuing Paralympic Swimming opportunities. Host: The Greater Toledo Aquatic Club (International Paralympic Committee (IPC)-Swimming Approved; LCM/National Classification Available) Competition & Venue: The competition pool is an eight lane, 50 meter pool facility which is completely accessible. Seven lanes will be used for competition and one lane will be ...

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Swimmer Leslie Cichocki’s featured on Chicago News

Leslie Cichocki on Chicago News
Check out this nice piece by ABC 7 Chicago on swimmer Leslie Cichocki. Helping her progress toward her Paralympic Dream is what Athletes Without Limits is all about.

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Lea Leads US Team with Two World Championship Gold Medals at Global Games in Italy

Syd Lea
Runner Michael Murray, swimmers Leslie Cichocki and Sarah Gilbert and runners/rowers Bruce & Mark Worley round out a strong performance for the US Team. Washington, DC - Six elite athletes with intellectual disability represented the United States at the INAS Global Games World Championships in Italy from September 24 - October 3. Nearly 700 athletes from 40 countries competed in swimming, athletics, tennis, basketball, indoor soccer, cycling, and table tennis. The Global Games are a major preparatory competition for the London 2012 Paralympic Games where for the ...

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Global Games World Championships for Para-Athletes with Intellectual Disability Begins in Italy

Athletes Without Limits swimmer Leslie Cichocki takes 6th in women's 200 Backstroke; the highest world ranking by a US Paralympic S14 swimmer September 29, Loano, Italy — The competition for the team of U.S. athletes at the 2011 INAS/IPC Global Games in Liguria Italy began today when swimmers Leslie Cichocki and Sarah Gilbert took to the water at Palasporte, the 50m outdoor competition pool in Loano, Italy. Cichocki swam an aggressive morning program including the 50 freestyle where she set a personal best of 33.16 and placed 12th out of 26; the 200 IM; the 200 ...

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