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USA junior powerlifter and track and field athlete JaQue Billingsley joins Pasadena City College’s football program

Football player sitting on bench. Nose Guard JaQue Billingsley in uniform. Image credit: U.S. Paralympics Track & Field.

U.S. Paralympics Track & Field is reporting that  JaQue Billingsley will be playing for Pasadena City College as a nose guard during their upcoming football season.   Billingsley recently competed at the IWAS World Junior Games in powerlifting in the 107 kg and over group where he set a record with a lift of 184 kg.  Competing in the under 20 discus throw at the same event, he finished fourth with a best throw of 11.26 meter.

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Billingsley graduate from Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia earlier this year. He competed in football, and track and field using a prosthetic.  He lost his leg his freshmen year in high school following an accident in wrestling.  His coaches made a point not to single him out with his teammates by avoiding things like saying, “If JaQue can do it, you can do it.”  Opposition and teammates acknowledge that in his role as a defensive tackle, he blocked really hard. Billingsley had hoped to play Division I football.

 

Pasadena kicks off their season at home at PCC’s Robinson Stadium on September 6 against El Camino College.  Last season, they won only one game when they beat Alan Hancock College 19 – 17.

 

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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