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United States opens first National Training Center for Wheelchair Track

door with sign The entrance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Image credit: Illinois Wheelchair Athletics
Wheelchairs in front of a sign that says, "When we live, struggle, and work together, a victory by one of us is for all of us."

inside the National Training Center for Wheelchair Track. Image credit: Illinois Wheelchair Athletics

Illinois Wheelchair Athletics announced earlier this week on Facebook that the first ever National Training Center for Wheelchair Track opened at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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The funding to open the center came from  BP America and U.S. Paralympics.  The facility includes among other things an honor wall, naming all the Paralympic and Olympic medalists who came through the program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign including  Anjali Forber-Pratt and Shawn Meredith.

 

The United States won 28 medals in track and field at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, 9 of which were gold, 6 were silver and 13 were bronze. Tatyana McFadden was one of Illinois’s alumni who medaled in athletics at those games.

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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