Athlete Spotlight: Orlando Swimmer Jesse Greve

Jesse Greve
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena It All Comes Back to Swimming Jesse Greve is an Orlando resident and member of the Athletes Without Limits U.S. Masters Swim Team. From the age of 15, his mother Barb has coached him by modifying drills and techniques to fit Jesse’s particular disabilities. They train every morning, bright and early at the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center where Barb works with ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Georgia Swimmer J.R. Douglas

J.R. Douglas
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena Exposure is Everything With his naturally broad frame, wide shoulders and brawny arms, J.R. Douglas is built for power. However, you won’t find this Jonesboro, Georgia-native putting hits on any quarterbacks or crushing any over the center-field wall. Instead he saves all of his strength and energy for the moment it’s time to dive off the block and into ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Multi-Sport Oregonian Sara Slawta

Sara Slawta
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena For this week’s athlete spotlight we stay in the pool but move to the west coast to introduce Talent, Oregon’s most talented: Sara Slawta. Anyone who meets Sara will attest to her affable presence and smile that lights up a whole room. At first glance, many may not expect that behind such a kind young woman is a very gifted and decorated world-class ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Florida Swimmer Ian Soules

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We are pleased to announce our brand new #WithoutLimitsWednesday initiative! Every week we will feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena Our first Athletes Without Limits athlete in the spotlight is Ian Mark Soules from Orlando, Florida. Like many young people with autism, Ian had a difficult time fitting in and feeling included growing up. It was challenging to make friends or understand the other kids, and they seemed to have a hard time understanding his ...

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Cyclist Syd Lea heads to Inas World Championships in Netherlands

Syd Lea
The 2017 INAS World Cycling Championships will take place as part of the UCI European Junior Cycling Tour between July 30th and 4th August 2017, in Assen, The Netherlands. Cyclist Syd Lea was the first ever Athlete Without Limits, the first US athlete ever to win an Inas medal, and the first US athlete to win an Inas World Title when he took gold at the event in 2011 Italy. He has since won multiple silver medals at the 2012 Turkey and 2014 Czech Republic events and heads to Assen this week to once again represent USA at this year's Championships. The riding starts ...

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2017 Athletes Without Limits Swimming Nationals Results

Congratulations to all the swimmers who recently competed in the 2017 Athletes Without Limits Long-Course & Open Water Swimming Nationals in Atlanta Georgia July 6-9th. In addition to being the National Championships for S14 swimmers with intellectual disability, the event was the first in the US to include two new Inas pilot classes for athletes with Down's Syndrome and athletes with Autism+. To learn more about the criteria visit our eligibility page. Special thanks to the Athletes, Families, Officials, Volunteers, Cherokee Aquatic Center Staff, Georgia Games ...

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Bend Bulletin features triathlete Sean O’Rourke

Athletes Without Limits Sean O'Rourke was featured online and on the front page of the June 26 print edition of the Bend Bulletin while spending a week in Oregon with coach Barry Holman: Bend coach helps special needs athletes reach never-before-reached heights: Triathlete from New York hopes to become the 1st with an intellectual disability to finish an Ironman triathlon Read the article at BendBulletin.com

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Athletes Without Limits Triathlete Sean O’Rourke Attempting to Become First Developmentally Disabled Ironman

O’Rourke Being Coached for 140.6 Mile Event by Professional Triathlete and Ironman Broadcaster Matt Lieto (BEND, Ore.) – It has been called the ultimate test of human endurance and perseverance...

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Athletes Without Limits relocates National headquarters to Bend Oregon

The move was made in large part due to Bend’s abundance of training opportunities and facilities, access to outdoor recreation, active lifestyle, and the community’s ethos for volunteerism.

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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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