In this month’s new Adaptive Sports USA newsletter, the organization announced they are seeking bids from cities interested in hosting the 2017 and 2018 Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals. Bidding for the 2017 event closes on June 1 of this year, and closes on March 1, 2017 for the 2018 edition. Based on bidding requirements, sports on the program for both years include archery, athletics, powerlifting and swimming.
The 2016 edition are scheduled to take place in Middleton, Wisconsin from July 16 to 23. Sports on the program include track and field, swimming, archery, powerlifting, table tennis, air guns and pentathlon. Sportspeople scheduled to compete in Middleton include Boise, Idaho native Annie Carey in both swimming and athletics. She holds a number of national age records in both sports. 10-year-old Sadie Absher is also scheduled to participate. The Belmont, North Carolina local should be participating in swimming and archery. 13-year-old Erica Silvey from Florida is making her debut at the competition when she participates in athletics. In June 2015, amputee footballer Silvey was named the US Soccer Player of the Month.
The 2015 edition in Union County, New Jersey featured 169 athletes and 58 coaches/staff from across the country. It was the fifth time the state hosted the event. Archery, swimming, powerlifting and athletics were all on the program. Adaptive Sports USA estimated the event had a local economic impact of US$1,000,000 with estimated visitor spending approximately US$200,000.
The Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals serve as an important development pathway for American disability sportspeople to gain national experience. May competitors have gone on to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games. The competition has been held annually since 1984, when the first edition took place in Dover, Delaware under the name Junior National Wheelchair Games.