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Happy International Women’s Day: Most popular articles on ParaSport News about women

Players standing on futsal court The Spanish team before taking on England. Image credit: Federación Española de Deportes para Sordos - FEDS

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re doing a brief review of some of the most popular articles of all time on ParaSport News about women.



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Woman playing wheelchair basketball.

Josie Cichockyj playing for Team GB. Image credit: Defacto Promotions.

British wheelchair basketball player Josie Cichockyj dies

December 3, 2014

Earlier today on Facebook, British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) announced that Paralympian Josie Cichockyj died yesterday. She was fifty years old.


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Brianna DiGiovanni. Image credit: SportsMX

Rochester School for the Deaf’s Brianna DiGiovanni breaks school basketball scoring record
January 28, 2015
On Monday, junior Brianna DiGiovanni broke the Rochester School for the Deaf’s girls basketball all time scoring record when she made 1,179 career all time points in a game against Rochester Career Mentoring School. The previous record was held by Marissa Woodruff, who graduated in 2012 with 1,158 points.
3  European deaf sport organization European women’s deaf futsal championship draws announced
July 20, 2014
Yesterday, the live draw for the groups for the European women’s deaf futsal championship took place in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Madison melton, Riley lungdhal, Rachel kroener, Lydia sprain, Polina glukhova, Shelby gruss, Eve Hampton, Abigail dunkin, Karina Keck, Almaz holt, Marissa bartels, Sarah Binsfeld, Kaitlyn eaton, Makayla jones, Erica wilson and Jamie tribby.

Players in a group photo at camp. Image credit: National Wheelchair Basketball Association

National Wheelchair Basketball Association women’s development camp underway
August 16, 2014
Yesterday, the first edition of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association women’s development camp got underway at the Lakeshore Foundation Olympic/Paralympic Facilities in Homewood, Alabama.

Snow on benches

Conditions outside the indoor facilities at the Pajulahti Games are cold. Image credit: Pim Scherpenzeel

Finland, Russia and Brazil getting sitting volleyball wins at Pajulahti Games
January 17, 2015
In the last three games yesterday on the opening day of the Pajulahti Games in Nastola, Finland, The Finns, Brazilians and Russians all got wins. Coupled with the Netherlands and Russia having won the first two games, Russia’s women finished the day at the top, Brazil finished in second position, Netherlands third, Finland fourth and Hungary last.

Commonwealth Games logo

Commonwealth Games logo

New Zealand’s Nikita Howarth finishes fifth in women’s 100 m freestyle

July 26, 2014
Yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland on the second full day of competition at the Commonwealth Games, Nikita Howarth finished fifth in the women’s para-swimming S8 100 meter freestyle final with a time of 1:19.36, two seconds faster than the time she posted in the heats.


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Loida Zabala Ollero. Image credit: Loida Zabala Ollero

Spaniard Loida Zabala Ollero lifts for silver in Mexican Powerlifting Open International
November 27, 2014
This past week saw Spanish powerlifter Loida Zabala Ollero claim silver in at the Mexican Powerlifting Open International. She managed a 96 kilo lift on her first lift, but was unable to lift 100 kilos on her subsequent two tries. Zabala’s next scheduled major competition is the IPC European Powerlifting Championships late next year, where she will be trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
8  Sitting volleyball pictogram Russian women win Pajulahti Games sitting volleyball event
January 19, 2015
Yesterday, the Russia women’s national sitting volleyball team claimed gold at the Pajulahti Games in Nastola, Finland after beating the Netherlands 3 – 0. Brazil edged out Finland 3 – 1 to win bronze. Hungary finished last.

Woman practicing squash

Female blind cricket practicing racquetball as part of winter cricket training in Northumberland. Image credit: Gateway into the Com

Blind British female cricketers get winter training
January 21, 2015
With blind cricket done for the winter in the United Kingdom, a few of Britain’s female blind cricketers got in winter training this week in Northumberland on the racquetball court, where they focused on improving their coordination.

Stella Young

Stella Young. Image credit: BBC.

Australian comedian and disability rights advocate Stella Young dies
December 8, 2014
On Saturday in Melbourne, Australian comedian and disability rights advocate Stella Young died at the age of 32. During part of her career, she worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where she covered disability news, and traveled to the Paralympic Games to cover them. She also wrote for BBC’s disability blog, Ouch!. Her family issued a statement following her death saying, “With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much-loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister. […] A private funeral will take place soon, followed by a public event in Melbourne, with more details to come.”
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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