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International Women’s Day: 101 women in disability sport

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Since ParaSport News was created almost 2 years ago, we have covered women’s disability sport.   In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve gone through our archives and used our articles to write very short biographies for 101 women we’ve covered.  These aren’t all the women we’ve written about.  They represent a few of the great athletes who participate and win on a regular basis.  They are not only great sportspeople, but important role models and leaders in the broader disability sports community.

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Australia

Deaf Darts

Australian Deaf Darts Association logo

Australian Deaf Darts Association logo. Image credit: Australian Deaf Darts Association

  1. Cheryl Rankine is an Australian deaf darts player.  She was part of the Victorian team at the 2014 National Deaf Darts Championship in Perth, Western Australia.  In the first game of the competition, South Australia defeated her Victoria Whites 7 – 4.

 

Brazil

Boccia

Boccia players celebrating on court

Brazil’s best boccia pairs and teams brought their A game to the national championships. Image credit: ANDE – Associação Nacional de Desporto para Deficientes

2. Eliseu Santos is a boccia player from Brazil. Santos  is a noted Brazilian international player who represented her country at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the BC4 pairs event. She who won gold in BC4 at the  Brazilian national pairs and team boccia championships in November 2015.

Powerlifting

Powerlifting pictogram.3. Maria Rizonaide is a powerlifter from Brazil.  She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City in the women’s -50 kg class where she had a best lift of 77 kgs to claim bronze.

 

Canada

Wheelchair curling

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Team Canada wheelchair curling. Image credit: Canadian Curling Association

4. Sonja Gaudet has been a member of the Canada national wheelchair curling team.   Gaudet was part of the Canadian team in Sochi, and the 2013 World Championship winning team. Gaudet is the only wheelchair curling Paralympian with three gold medals, having won them in 2006, 2010 and 2014.  She was the team’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony in Sochi. Gaudet also has gold medals from the 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Championships.  She  was the first wheelchair-only curler to be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame when she was part of the 2013 class. She competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

 

5. Marie Wright has been a member of the Canada national wheelchair curling team.  She competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

 

Croatia

Table tennis

Croatian Paralympic Committee logo.

Croatian Paralympic Committee logo.

6. Helena Dretar Karić is a Croatian table tennis player.  Based on 2015 ITTF year end rankings, she earned a spot at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.  She competed at the 2015 Slovenia Open. In May 2015,  she was ranked 28th in the world in the women’s wheelchair category.

7. Anđela Mužinić is a Class 3 Croatian table tennis player.  Based on 2015 ITTF year end rankings, she earned a spot at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.  She competed at the 2015 Slovenia Open.  In May 2015,  she was ranked 10th in the world in the women’s wheelchair category.  Inside Croatia, Mužinić  participates in School Days events organized by Hrvatskog Paraolimpijskog Odbora, Croatia’s national Paralympic Committee, and sponsor Allianza.

8. Sandra Paović is a Class 6 Croatian table tennis player. She qualified for Rio based on the strength of her performance at the 2015 European Championships and finished 2015 ranked first in the world in Class 6.  She competed at the 2015 Slovenia Open.

 

Egypt

Powerlifting

Flag of Egypt

Flag of Egypt

9. Fatma Omar is a powerlifter from Egypt.  She is a four-time Paralympic champion, having competed at the 200, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.  Following a negative drug test, she was given a two year ban from competition that ruled her ineligible for competition and the Paralympic Games.  This was later shortened, and ends on May 15, 2016.

 

France

Badminton

Group of people.

French Parabadminton Championship concludes. Image credit: Comite Handisport Midi Pyrenees

10. Véronique Braud  is a French parabadminton player.  She competed at the 2014 French Parabadminton Championship.   Partnering with Lucas Mazur, she also the doubles DX SU5/SL4/SL3 class.  Competing with Thifaine Auvert, she won the  DD SU5/SL4/SL3 class.

11. Audrey Bellia Sauvage is a French parabadminton player.  She competes in the SD WH1 class.  She competed at the 2014 French Parabadminton Championship, winning her class.  Competing with Pamela Masse, she also won the doubles DD WH2 class. Partnering with Lucas Mazur, she also the doubles DX WH2 class.

12. Jenna Llorens is a French parabadminton player.  She competed at the 2014 French Parabadminton Championship, winning her SU5/SL4/SL3 multi-class event.

13. Pamela Masse  is a French parabadminton player.  She competes in the in the SD WH2 class.  She competed at the 2014 French Parabadminton Championship, winning her class.  Competing with Audrey Bellia Sauvage, she also won the doubles DD WH2 class.  Partnering with Francois Nalborczyk, she also won the doubles DX WH2 class.

 

Germany

Wheelchair Tennis

Flag of Germany14. Katharina Kruger is a wheelchair tennis player from Germany.  She has been ranked in the top ten in the world, and has competed at the 2015 Australian Open.

 

 

Great Britain

Cycling

cycling pictogram15. Megan Giglia is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March.  She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.  She competed at the 2015 Newport Para-cycling International.

16. Corrine Hall is a British cycling pilot, who often rides with Lora Turnham.  She was part of the British 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships team and the British 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships team. She also competed at the 2015 UCI Para-Cycling World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

17. Sally Hurst is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March.

18. Crystal Lane is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March. She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

19. Liz Saul is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March.

20. Helen Scott is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March. She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

21. Sarah Storey is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March. She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

22. Sophie Thornhil is a British cyclist.  She was part of  the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March. She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

23. Lora Turnham is a vision impaired is a British cyclist, who often rules with pilot Corrine Hall.  She was part of the British 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships team and the British 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships team. She also competed at the 2015 UCI Para-Cycling World Cup in Segovia, Spain. She was also part of the British team at the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Powerlifting

Flag of Great Britain

Flag of Great Britain. Image credit: matthew Hunt. License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

24. Natalie Blake is a powerlifter from Great Britain. She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City.  She won silver, losing out on gold by one kilo in the women’s -50 kg class.   Blake had a successful first lift of 90, missed her second attempt at 94 kgs, before putting up 94 on her third attempt.

 

Wheelchair Curling

Wheelchair curling pictogram.

Wheelchair curling pictogram. Image credit: Maxxl2, licensed public domain.

25. Mary Bell is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Harvey team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

26. Alison Cloudsley is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Denholm team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

27. Maria Duncan is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Hogg team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

28. Elizabeth Ferris is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Dundee team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

29. Irene Hainey is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Dewar team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

30. Anglea Higson is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Webster team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

31. Alison Hopkins is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Neilson team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

32. Angie Malone is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Malone team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.  She was part of the Scottish national wheelchair curling team that competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships. She was named to that team in December 2014, after competing at the British Open Wheelchair Curling earlier this month, where Scotland 2 defeated the Finnish national team by a score of 1 – 7.

33. Charlotte McKenna is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Hogg team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

34. Debbie McKenna is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the McPherson team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

35. Aileen Neilson is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Neilson team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship. She was part of the Scottish national wheelchair curling team that competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships. She was named to that team in December 2014, after competing at the British Open Wheelchair Curling earlier this month, where Scotland 2 defeated the Finnish national team by a score of 1 – 7.

36. Helen Turner is a wheelchair curler from Scotland who has been part of the Denholm team at the 2015 Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Wheelchair Tennis

Pictogram of wheelchair tennis

Wheelchair tennis

37. Jordanne Whiley is a wheelchair tennis player from Great Britain.  She has been ranked in the top ten in the world, and has competed at the 2015 Australian Open. In November 2014, she competed at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London, where she qualified for the semi-finals after finishing group play undefeated.   At the 2014  British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, she had a real challenge in her first match against Aniek Van Koot, going 7 – 6 in the first set, before losing the second match 6 – 1 in quarterfinals.

 

Haiti

Powerlifting

Powerlifting pictogram.38. Nephtalie Jn Louis is a powerlifter from Haiti.  She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City  in the women’s -50 kg class but  was unable to record a lift in her three attempts.

Iran

Athletics

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Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi of Iran. Image credit: IPC Athletics

39. Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi owns the Asian record in the F56 women’s javelin, with a distance of 17.37 meters thrown at last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships. She also holds an Asian record in the women’s F56 discus with a distance of 19.53 at the same event. The discus is the only remaining event on her program in Dubai. She has set a 2016 Paralympic A-Qualifying distance, which she earned when she set the Asian record. Competing at this year’s IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships, she won gold in the women’s javelin F55/56 event with a best throw of 17.24 meters.

Ireland

Swimming

People posing in swim suits on pool deck

The Irish team for the IPC Swimming World Championships. Image credit: Paralympics Ireland

40. Ellen Keane is swimmer for Ireland, and resides in Dublin where she swims for the NAC swim club. She competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and medalled at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships. She was also part of the Irish team at the 2014 IPC European Swimming Championships, spending time training in the Canary Islands in Spain in the lead up to the competition. She has represented the country at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. The S6 class competitor was scheduled to participate in 6 events: the S9 Women’s 50m Freestyle, S9 Women’s 100 m Freestyle, SB8 Women’s 100 m Breaststroke, SM9 Women’s 200 m IM, S9 Women’s 100 m Backstroke, and S9 Women’s 100 m Butterfly. She was also part of the Irish team at the 2014 IPC European Swimming Championships.

41. Ailbhe Kelly is S8 class swimmer for Ireland. She was part of the Irish team at the 2014 IPC European Swimming Championships, spending time training in the Canary Islands in Spain in the lead up to the competition. At just 15-years-old, Kelly was the youngest member of the Irish team at the European Championships and was competing at her first major international event, making her debut in the S8 women’s 100m backstroke. She has represented the country at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.

42. Nicole Turner is S9 class swimmer for Ireland, and is a member of Laois Marlins Swim club from Portlaoise in County Laois. She has represented the country at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, competing in six events including the S6 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley, an 400m Freestyle.

Japan

Wheelchair tennis

Japan flag43. Kanako Domori is a wheelchair tennis player from Japan.   At the 2014 British Open Wheelchair Tennis, the unseeded player lost to world number three Sabine Ellerbrock 6 – 1 and 6 – 0 in the quarterfinals.

44. Yui Kamiji is a wheelchair tennis player from Japan.  She has been ranked in the top ten in the world, and has competed at the 2015 Australian Open.  She was seeded number one position on the women’s singles competition while being ranked third in the world.  At the 2014 edition, she lost to Sabine Ellerbrock in sets of  3 – 6, 6 – 4 and 6 – 2 in the final. In November 2014, she competed at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, eeking out a win against Ellerbrock of 3 – 6, 7 – 5, and 7 – 6 (3).  At the 2014  British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, she beat to world number seven Kgothatso Montjane 6 – 1 and 6 – 0 in the quarterfinals.

Mexico

Powerlifting

Flag map of Mexico.

Mexico map and flag. Image credit: Lokal_Profil

45. Amalia Pérez is a Mexican powerlifter.  She is friends with Spain’s Loida Zabala Ollero, and the pair have trained together.  She has competed at four Paralympic Games.  At the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, she won silver. She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City.

46. Ana L. Trujillo is a powerlifter from Mexico.  She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City  in the women’s -50 kg class, finishing fifth with a best lift of 52 kgs.

Netherlands

Wheelchair Tennis

Flag of the Netherlands

Flag of the Netherlands

47. Marjolein Buis is a wheelchair tennis player from the Netherlands.  She has been ranked in the top ten in the world, and has competed at the 2015 Australian Open. At the 2014 British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, she lost to Jiske Griffioen in the quarterfinals.

48. Sharon Walraven is a wheelchair tennis player from the Netherlands.  She has been ranked in the top ten in the world, and has competed at the 2015 Australian Open.

Russia

Wheelchair curling

Flag of Russia49. Svetlana Pakhomova is a Russian wheelchair curler who has been part of the national team. Pakhomova is from Moscow, and uses a wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury.  In late 2014, she participated in the team’s North American Tour. Their November event was in Richmond, Ontario where they played Scotland, Canada, South Korea and Canadian club teams.  In December, they played in the US Open.  She represented Russia at the 2014 Summer Paralympics. The Russian team won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics, losing out on gold to Canada.  They also lost to Canada 5 – 4 in group play, Russia beat China 5–4 in group play, and Finland lost to Russia 4 – 7.   She was part of the Russian team that won gold at the 2012 World Wheelchair Curling Championship.

50. Oksana Slesarenko is a Russian wheelchair curler who has been part of the national team.  Slesarenko is from Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk, and was the alternate for the team at the 2014 Winter Paralympics, where the country made their debut in the sport.  She uses a wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury.  In late 2014, she participated in the team’s North American Tour. Their November event was in Richmond, Ontario where they played Scotland, Canada, South Korea and Canadian club teams.  In December, they played in the US Open. She was part of the Russian team that won gold at the 2012 World Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Slovakia

Wheelchair curling

Flag of Slovakia

Flag of Slovakia

51. Monika Kunkelova is a wheelchair curler from Slovakia.  She was part of the national team that competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships. The team competed at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.  In group play, Slovakia defeated the United States 6 – 4, China lost to Slovakia 3 – 8, and Finland lost to Slovakia 6 – 9. In January 2015, the team won the Czech hosted International Wheelchair Curling League, beating out Italy, Poland and five Czech clubs.

South Africa

Wheelchair Tennis

Flag of South Africa52. Kgothatso Montjane is a wheelchair tennis player from South Africa.  She competed at the 2014 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London, losing to the Netherland’s Jiske Griffioen  6 – 3 and 7 – 5  in group play. At the 2014  British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, she lost to world number one Yui Kamiji in the quarterfinals. In July 2014, she was ranked seventh in the world.

Spain

Cycling

Flag of Spain53. Raquel Acinas Poncelas is a Spanish cyclist.  She was part of the Spanish team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain. Poncelas picked up a gold medal in the women’s C2 race at the the first World Cup event of the 2015 season that happened in May in Italy.

54. Josefa Benitez Guzman is a Spanish cyclist.  She was part of the Spanish team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

55. Eva Maria Moral Pedrero is a Spanish cyclist.  She competed at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain as an independent cyclist.

Powerlifting

Woman in profile

Loida Zabala Ollero. Image credit: Loida Zabala Ollero

56. Loida Zabala Ollero is a powerlifter from Spain. At the age of 11, Zabala was diagnoses with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine. She competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. While weighing only 48 kilos, she has been able to produce lifts of more than 100 kilos, and is coached by Lodario Ramón. Competing in Spain can be challenging at time, because there are no women in her weight class who can come near her in how much they can lift. Often, she is the only ranked female powerlifter in the whole country. She won silver 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. She won gold at at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City with a best lift of 95 kg in the women’s -50 kg class. She spent several mnths in the country preparing for the event. The extended time in Mexico gave Zabala time to adjust to Mexico City’s 2,240 meter (7,350 ft) altitude, an opportunity to regularly train on different type of equipment, and get training advice from a proven winner in the sport of Paralympic powerlifting.  Her trip to Mexico was supported by, among others, the Comité Paralímpico Español.

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair_basketball_-_Paralympic_pictogram57. Vicky Alonso  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for CD AMFIV.

58. Cristinia Campos  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Deporte Integra Alcorcon.

59. Miren Lanzagorta is a Spanish wheelchair basketball player.  She participated in a Spanish national team training camp ahead of the 2015 IWBF European Championships but was one of three players cut from the squad.  The team still decided to invest in her, as is important for development of elite wheelchair basketball in the country.

60. Aster Latorre is a Spanish wheelchair basketball player.  She participated in a Spanish national team training camp ahead of the 2015 IWBF European Championships but was one of three players cut from the squad.  The team still decided to invest in her, as is important for development of elite wheelchair basketball in the country.

61. Almudena Montiel  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for BSR AMIAB.

62. Sira Moros  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for CAI D Adaptado.

63. Judith Nuñez  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for CE Sant Nicolau.

64. Lourdes Ortega  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Fundación Grupo Norte.

65. Vicky Pérez  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Getafe BSR.

66. Sara Revuelta  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for  CD Ilunion.

67. Sonia Ruiz is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Fundación Grupo Norte.

68. Cruz Ruiz  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Servigest Burgos.

69. Lucia Soria  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Deporte Integra Alcorcon.

70. Esther Torres  is a member of the Spain women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She was selected as part of the team to compete at the 2015 IWBF European Championships. She played domestically for play for Deporte Integra Alcorcon.

71. Beatriz Zudaire  is a Spanish wheelchair basketball player.  She participated in a Spanish national team training camp ahead of the 2015 IWBF European Championships but was one of three players cut from the squad.  The team still decided to invest in her, as is important for development of elite wheelchair basketball in the country.

Sweden

Wheelchair curling

Flag of Sweden

Flag of Sweden.

72. Jalle Jungnell is a Swedish wheelchair curler.  A regular member of the national team, and has the team’s most Paralympic experience, having competed at the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair basketball, as well as competing at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Paralympics in wheelchair curling.   She was part of the Swedish national wheelchair curling team at the 2010 and 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

73. Kristina Ulander is a Swedish wheelchair curler, who uses a wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury. She was part of the Swedish national wheelchair curling team at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

United States

Athletics

Athletics pictogram74. Lauren Gates is an American track and field competitor. In January 2015, she selected by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA to represent the United States at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games. In July 2015, she competed at these Netherlands hosted Games.

75. Amanda Malawski is an American track and field competitor. In January 2015, she selected by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA to represent the United States at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games. In July 2015, she competed at these Netherlands hosted Games.

76. Amy Watt is an American track and field competitor. In January 2015, she selected by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA to represent the United States at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games. In July 2015, she competed at these Netherlands hosted Games.

Cycling

Woman riding on street with aqueducts in background.

Samantha Heinrich training on the streets of Segovia in advance of the competition. Image credit: U.S. Paralympics Cycling

77. Alicia Dana is an American WH2  hand cyclist.  She was part of the American team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

78. Samantha Heinrich  is an American WC5  cyclist.  She was part of the American team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

79. Allison Jones  is an American WC2   cyclist.  She was part of the American team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

80. Greta Neimanas is an American  WC5  cyclist.  She was part of the American team at the 2015 World Cup in Segovia, Spain.

Deaf Basketball

Flag of the United States

Flag of the United States

81. Elena Ciccarelli has been a member of the United States women’s national deaf basketball team. She was part of the team that competed at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships.

82. Nukeitra Hayes is an American deaf basketball player. She was part of the team that competed at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships. When not with the national team,  6 foot tall Hayes  is involved with basketball as a coach.  She serves as the  Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach for Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington DC.  Prior to that, she served as the Girls Assistant Basketball Coach at the Indiana School for the Deaf.  She was also involved as a player, playing collegiate ball for Gallaudet University, where she was named the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008.  She also was named a CAC Co-Women’s Basketball Players of the Week in December 2008 while a sophomore.  In her senior year at Gallaudet, she played 24 games where she averaged 12 points 10 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.6 turnovers, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocked shots a game. When Hayes is not being a dominant presence on the court, she is pursuing a Master’s in Sports and Performance Psychology at University of the Rockies. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2012 with Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sports Programming. In September 2014, her coming out story was posted on YouTube by ASLized!.

83. Tessa Lewis is an American deaf basketball player.  She attended Maryland School for the Deaf and was named a SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association December Athlete of the Month in December 2014.

84. Raven Pentz has been a member of the United States women’s national deaf basketball team. She was part of the team that competed at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships. Raven Pentz led the team in assists with 10 in the gold medal game, and was tied for third on the team in rebounds with 9. She and Faeita led the team in turnovers at 3.

85. Lindsay Stergio is an American deaf basketball player.  She has been a member of the United States women’s national team.  She has also served as the head coach of the Maryland School for the Deaf girls team. She was part of the team that competed at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships.  In the team’s gold medal game where they defeated Lithuania 68 – 54, Stergio was third in the team in scoring with 13 points, and led in rebounds with 14. She did a great job in feeding the ball to her teammates, and was second on the team with assists at 8.

86. Danielle Warren has been a member of the United States women’s national deaf basketball team. She was part of the team that competed at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships. Second in the team in scoring, she had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 turnovers in the team’s gold medal game where they defeated Lithuania 68 – 54.

Deaf Volleyball

87. Brianna Dike is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends California School for the Deaf – Fremont.

88. Maddie Fears is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends  Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.

89. Farrah Harmount  is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends California School for the Deaf – Fremont.

90. Kameron Kinast is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Texas School for the Deaf.

91. Dyan Kovac is an American deaf volleyball player. She is the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team, having first served as the team’s assistance coach in 2015.

92. Karita Lewis is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Maryland School for the Deaf.

93. Megan Lockner is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

94. Stacy Nowak is an American deaf volleyball player.  She is the assistant coach of the  United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team.  She represented the United States in the sport at the 2001 and 2005 Deaflympics.

95. Isabella Paulone  is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Indiana School for the Deaf.

96. Cassidy Perry is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Maryland School for the Deaf.

97. Elina Rubinshteynis is an American deaf volleyball player. In March 2016, she was named to the United States women’s national U-18 deaf volleyball team scheduled to compete at the 2016 Phoenix Volleyball Festival that starts on June 24 in Arizona.  She attends Texas School for the Deaf.

Swimming

Swimming pictogram98. Aubrey Headon is an American swimmer. In January 2015, she was selected by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA to represent the United States at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games.

Wheelchair curling

Team USA - L-R: Patrick McDonald, Steven Emt, Jimmy Joseph, Penny Greely and Meghan Lino . Image credit: US Curling

Team USA – L-R: Patrick McDonald, Steven Emt, Jimmy Joseph, Penny Greely and Meghan Lino . Image credit: US Curling

99. Penny Greely is an American wheelchair curler. Originally a sitting volleyball player who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Parlympics, Greely is a member of the USA national curling team having competed and served as the lead at the 2014 Games. She competed at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland. She is from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

100. Meghan Lino, a Cape Code native from East Falmouth, Massachusetts, took up the wheelchair curling in 2009, and was an alternate in the US team in Sochi. She is also a member of the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship team. She uses a wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury.

Venezuela

Powerlifting

Flag of Venezuela101. Zuray Marcano is a powerlifter from Venezuela.  She competed at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships in Mexico City  in the women’s -50 kg class, finishing fourth  with a best lift of 65 kgs.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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