The next Global Games is scheduled to take place in 2023...

The Virtus Global Games (formerly called Inas Global Games) feature 1000 of the world’s top athletes with intellectual impairment competing in athletics, basketball, swimming, table tennis, futsal, indoor and outdoor rowing, road cycling, taekwondo and tennis. Organisers can also submit applications for demonstration sports.

The event always takes place in the year ahead of the Paralympic Games. Many medalists have used the Global Games as a springboard, going onto make the podium at the Paralympics. As the World Championships for athletes with intellectual impairment it marks the highest level of achievement for high-performance athletes from around the World.

Since our startup in 2009, Athletes Without Limits has organized US National Teams traveling to and competing at the Games. An athlete interest form will be posted as soon as 2023 event information is made available by the host country.

Virtus Global Games

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly called Inas) has selected Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to host the 5th Global Games in 2019. As a Celebration of Excellence the Games will harness the power of inclusive sport to change attitudes, challenge perceptions and strengthen communities locally and globally. The Games showcases athletes across the sports of Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Futsal, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Tennis with Demonstration Cricket and Hockey and is the world’s biggest elite sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments.

[US Global Games Team Members Visit our Team Trip Information Page]

2019 USA Global Games Team Set to Compete in Brisbane

Inas Global Games Brisbane 2019Athletes Without Limits is proud to announce the 22 athletes who will represent the United States at the 2019 Global Games in Brisbane October 11th-19th—the world’s biggest elite sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments.

The team is the largest the US has assembled for an Virtus (formerly called Inas) competition and consists of defending Inas World Champions, Paralympians, and debutants competing in Rowing, Swimming, Taekwondo and Track & Field. Together the team and staff represent 14 different US States.

USA first saw representation at the Global Games in 2009, just weeks after Athletes Without Limits became the U.S. Member of Virtus (which was called Inas-Fid at that time).

This year marks the first Global Games to include not one, but three eligibility groups in order to include and be fair to a wider field of athletes with Autism, Down Syndrome, and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities — a change Virtus Governing Board Member Barry Holman helped drive through collaboration with leadership from other Virtus member organizations, including Australia.

“Athletes Without Limits owes a great debt to this year’s Global Games hosts Sport Inclusion Australia, who took us under their wing at our first Global Games, and have been an inspiration to our athletes, coaches and leadership ever since.” said Julie Holman, who has served as Head of the US Global Games Delegations since 2009. “Since seeing is believing, the level of competition and sportsmanship seen by our athletes and Coaches at the Games tends to bring out the best in everyone.”

US Athletes will compete in four of the ten sports that will take place at the Games: Athletics, Rowing, Swimming & Taekwondo.

2019 USA Global Games Team Roster

Jesse Garcia (VA)
Zachary Rice (MN)
Bruce Worley (MD)
Mark Worley (MD)

Jacob Basini (NY)
Anna “Libby” Beem (GA)
Lauren Bergquist (FL)
Leslie Cichocki (IL)
Corinne Harris (CA)
Andres Hernandez (TX)
Garner Moss (WI)
Tessa Nagy (CA)
Ian Soules (FL)
Katya Vazhenin (GA)

Morgan Barber (OR)
Shania Hershey (PA)
Jisoo Kim (CA)
Eric Wright (PA)

Starlette Menendez (NY)
Kenneth Noguchi (CA)
Christopher Tucker (MN)
Tyler Wigington (WI)

2019 USA Global Games Team Coaches & Staff

The Athletics Team will be headed up by Coach Scott Brinen, with 2019 being the first time the US will compete in Field events as well as on the Track at an Inas event.

US Rowers will compete both indoors and on water, led by AWL DC Rowing Head Coach Patrick Johnson, with assistance from Team Staff Favio Garcia.

Our growing US Taekwondo Team will be led by Johnny Birch, Athletes Without Limits National Program Director, whose efforts helped returning US Team Member Eric Wright capture the first ever Inas Taekwondo Gold medal at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Ecuador.

Athletes Without Limits Head Swim Coach Celeste Schyterz will partner with USA Down Syndrome Swimming Head Coach Julie Reilly, with support from Athletes Without Limits Staff Courtney Haber and Team Veteran Leslie Cichocki, a 2016 Rio U.S. Paralympic Team Member. The highly competitive Swim and Athletics competitions at the Games are sanctioned both by Inas and  by World Para Swimming and World Para Athletics respectively, providing an ideal opportunity for 2020 Paralympic Team contenders to earn qualifying times.

US Team Leadership includes Julie Holman, Head of US Delegation, Barry Holman, Head of US Sports (and Oversight Chair for the Games in his role as an Virtus Governing Board Member), along with Ian Conyers, who returns for his second Global Games having proven himself invaluable as overall team support at the 2015 Global Games in Ecuador.

Please contact us with additional questions about US participation in the Games.
[US Global Games Team Members Visit our Team Trip Information Page]

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