Athletes selected by U.S. Paralympics to represent USA at 2019 Parapan American Games Lima
Congratulations to the six athletes with intellectual impairment who have qualified to represent Team USA at the upcoming 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima:
Swimming (S14):Leslie Cichocki, Garner Moss, Jonathan Pierce
Table Tennis (11): Raymond Sacco
Track & Field (T20): Brianna Clarke, Kaitlyn Bounds
Veteran Athletes Without Limits (AWL) swimmers Leslie Cichocki, a 2016 Rio U.S. Paralympics Team member, and Garner Moss will follow up the Para Pan Am Games with an October trip to Australia to lead AWL’s US National Team at the the upcoming Inas Global Games World Championships in October. Jonathan Pierce has previously competed as part of the AWL National Team at the 2017 Inas Swimming World Championships in Mexico.
Table Tennis player Raymond Sacco worked with Athletes Without Limits to confirm his eligibility for Paralympic and Inas table tennis opportunities and attended our 2017 Table Tennis Camp at Paddle Palace in Portland. Since then he’s gone on to complete his International Classification for ITTF Table Tennis Class 11 (for athletes with intellectual impairment) and won a silver medal at the 2017 US Para Open in Las Vegas. With a good chance of medaling at the 2019 Para Pan Am Games, Raymond has a chance to be the first US Athlete with intellectual impairment to represent USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Brianna Clark made history at the 2016 Rio Paralympics becoming the first US female athlete with an intellectual impairment to win a medal (it was gold) at the Paralympic Games.
Read the official announcements on the Team USA website:
- U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team Nominated For 2019 Parapan American Games
- 2019 Parapan American Games Roster Named For U.S. Paralympics Swimming
- 2019 US Parapan American Games Table Tennis Team Announcement
We wish all the athletes good luck in Lima August 23-Sept 1!