Earlier today, United States women’s national goalball team player Asya Miller was named Most Valuable Player for the women’s competition at the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships.
Her performance at the competition included blanking competitors in her team’s final two games on the way to a gold medal finish. Along the way, she scored twelve total goals, ranking her as eighth in the competition for total goals scored on the women’s side. Two of those goals came in the semifinal match against Japan, and another goal was the first goal scored in the gold medal match against Russia. Her performance in defense in the last part of the competition enabled her team to win it all, despite having been the last team to qualify during pool player, with two wins and three losses.
The competition results have been somewhat tainted amidst IBSA reports about alleged cheating having taken place.
In other United States award news, national track and field team coach Adam Bleakley was named the Paralympic Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for the National Coaches of the Year award for 2013. At the IPC Athletics World Championships last year, he helped guide USA athletes in winning thirteen total medals.