2nd INAS-FID Indoor Rowing World Championships

Date: December 1-5, 2010 Location: Figueira Da Foz, Portugal Venue: Figueira da Foz Sports Hall (All events will take place using indoor rowing machines or ergometers) Organized By: ANDDI (Portuguese Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability) and INAS ( International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Disability) US Team Selection: Athletes Without Limits will be selecting and managing the US team and will make travel arrangements to this event depending on athlete interest. Eligibility: Athletes must meet three criteria as ...

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2010 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships

For the first time in over a decade, Paralympic Track & Field will be including a class for T20 (intellectually disabled) athletes for the 1500m, shot put and long jump starting with the 2010 U.S. National Championships in June 2010. The National Championships are a potential qualifier for the January 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. Date: June 15-20, 2010 June 15-17: Tentative Classification dates June 15-20: Registration June 15-17: Training June 18-20: Competition Location: Miramar, Florida Venue: Ansin Sports ...

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Athlete Without Limits’ Syd Lea Wins MABRA Cyclocross Series

Lea won 2 races and placed in the top 3 in several others (competing against non-disabled riders) to capture the 2009 MABRA Cat4 Men series title While he has regularly placed in the top 10 in MABRA and other cyclocross events, 2009 marks his last season as a Cat 4 Cross racer — with two wins and several top 3 finishes he'll be required to move up to the Cat 3 race in 2010. Lea has been competing since he was a child in USA Cycling and UCI International events as a Cat 4 Cyclocross Racer, a Cat 4 Track Cyclist and a Cat 5 Road cyclist. He's  just returned from ...

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Vote on re-inclusion into Paralympics passes

Athletes Without Limits is excited to support US athletes who set their sites on competing in Paralympic competition On November 21 a majority of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) membership decided in favor of the re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability in competitions, including the Paralympics. This important decision restores the Olympic dream to these athletes for the first time since the Sydney 2000 Games. Read the full IPC press release. Four sports likely to include classification for athletes with intellectual disability at 2012 ...

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IPC to Vote on Re-inclusion into Paralympics

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Your support is needed to make sure the US votes "yes" to re-inclusion of athletes with intellectual disability into the Paralympics, including the London 2012 Games. On November 21st in Kuala Lumpur, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will vote on the re-inclusion of athletes with intellectual disability in future Paralympic games, starting with London 2012. While many international members of the IPC have pledged to vote "yes," the US Paralympic Committee has not demonstrated support for re-inclusion. Please join us in petitioning our US representatives ...

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Cyclocross Race to Benefit Athletes Without Limits

Bring the kids and work off that turkey! Looking for a way to get muddy, have fun and support Athletes Without Limits? Sign up for the 2009 MABRA Cyclocross Championships held in Taneytown, MD on November 29, 2009 and bring the kids for the kids bike race at 1pm. It's the perfect way to work off your Thanksgiving meal and meet our very own Syd Lea (pictured right) who  is looking to place in the top 3 for the Men's Cat 4 MABRA Cyclocross Series Overall (nondisabled). How to Register & Donate Sign up to race cross at BikeReg.com and make a donation of $20.12 on the ...

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BBC Coverage of Reinclusion into Paralympics

BBC Sport has provided news coverage of the re-inclusion (2009) of athletes with intellectual disability in Paralympic competition. Athletes with intellectual disability participated in the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney games but were banned from competition when members of Spain's basketball team were found to have no disability. November 21, 2009: Intellectual disability ban ends Athletes with intellectual disabilities can once again take part in the Paralympics after an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) vote. They had been banned since it was found that most ...

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Syd Lea Earns Silver at USA Track & Field Disability 5k Cross Country Meet

USA Track & Field and Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program (www.rtsnp.org) hosted a National 5km Cross Country Disability Championships on October 4, 2009 in Kings Park, New York. There were categories for athletes with different types of physical and intellectual disabilities. Athletes Without Limits staff attended the race in order to meet athletes interested in learning more about upcoming INAS international competitions for runners with intellectual disability including. Athletes Without Limits US Team cyclist, Syd Lea (pictured center with other medalists) ...

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USA Track & Field 5k Cross Country Disability Championships

Date: October 4, 2009 Location: Kings Park, New York. Organized by: USA Track & Field and Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program (www.rtsnp.org) Event Details: Classes for all disabilities (physical or intellectual). The 5km race is held in the beautiful waterfront Kings Park on Long Island and is extremely family friendly for spectators with an awards banquet sponsored by CSEA following the race. Registration: INAS Eligibility is not required. Register online at: www.glirc.org or download flyer. Individual athletes should register directly for this event. ...

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Courier Times Features Global Games Swimmer Maria D’Andrea

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This article appeared in the August 15, 2009 print edition of the Bucks County Courier Times and online at Phillyburbs.com. A world of experience for Bensalem's D'Andrea By KAREN SANGILLO STAFF WRITER Link to Original Article Maria D’Andrea turned her interest in swimming into a passion that has taken her to a whole new world. And she didn’t let a disability get in her way. The Bensalem student competed at the International Federation for Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability Global Games in Liberec, Czech Republic. D’Andrea has attention-defi...

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