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What to watch in disability sports: June

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June is a hugely busy month, with a number of major competitions going on every weekend for all disability types and a large number of sports.  It is actually rather boggling how busy a month June is and how packed the June 2016 calendar is.
With Paralympic qualification still available, the last big continental event before the Paralympic Games takes place with the 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships (Italy) getting on June 10 and concluding on June 16.
From June 16 to June 19, the Lithuanian Blind Sports Federation host the International Showdown Tournament.  For showdown competitors, the event is one of the biggest of the year.  Europeans traditionally dominate in the sport, so the location makes it likely that the best will be competing at this event.
From June 8 to 14, the 2016 INAS Open Swimming Championships take place at the Swimming Pool Garassini in Loano, Italy.  With ID swimming back on the Paralympic program, it is an opportunity to see some of Europe’s best ID swimmers in a lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games.  Some of the swimmers who have won this event in the past went on to medal in London.
The 2016 INAS World Tennis Championships take place from June 12 to 18 in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  As ID tennis is not on the Paralympic program, this is the biggest event on the program for 2016.  The world’s best ID tennis players should be there.
The Mencap Open National Athletics Championships take place on June 25 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  This event is an important one was it serves as a milestone in English ID athletics.  It is the first time the English national athletics championships will be INAS sanctioned.
Anakara, Turkey hosts the 2016 INAS European Athletics Championships from June 28 to July 3.  The event is an important warmup event for ID athletics competitors preparing for the Rio Paralympics.
The IWAS U23 World Games take place from June 28 to July 3 in Prague, Czech Republic.  Formerly known as the IWAS World Junior Games, this biennial competition features Archery, Athletics, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, and Volleyball.  These sports are all on the Paralympic program.  Some of the world’s best future Paralympians are scheduled to participate.   The United States has announced they are sending a seven athlete strong delegation that includes Stella McMillan from Chicago, Ethan Burkhart from Libertyville, Illinois, Brian Nelson from Lake Villa, Illinois, Abby Farrell from Colorado Springs, Daniel Velasquez from San Antonio, Katrina Gerhard from Acton, Massachusetts, and Miguel Jimenez-Vergara from Ewing, New Jersey.
USA and other international shooters have another chance to get in some high level competition in advance of the Rio Paralympics with the 2016 USA Shooting Rifle & Pistol National Championships scheduled to take place from June 22 to 29 at AMU Fort Benning in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The 3rd World Deaf Athletics Championships take place in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria starting on June 25.  The event is the biggest on the deaf athletics calendar for the year.  If you are looking for high quality deaf track and field, this is the event you need to make time for.
On June 4, the 13th European Deaf Tennis Championships get underway in Portoroz, Slovenia.  This is the biggest deaf tennis event of the year, with no other regional or world championships scheduled.
The World Deaf Football Championships are the biggest deaf football event of the year.  They get underway on June 19 in Capaccio, Salerno, Italy.  Teams competing on the women’s side include Italy, China, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the United States.  On the men’s side, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Great Britain, Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, Argentina and the United States are all scheduled to take place.
On June 23, the 11th European Deaf Basketball Championships take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.  It is one of the two biggest deaf basketball events of the year, with the other being the Pan American Deaf Basketball Championships / Pan American Deaf Regional Basketball Qualification Tournament taking place in May in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
From June 30 to July 4, the PANAMDES Volleyball Regional Qualifying Tournament take place at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.  The event is an important one as it serves as a qualifying tournament for teams from the Americas for 2017 Deaflympics.  If you’re a deaf volleyball fan, this event should be worth watching.
On June 11, the Wheelchair Football Association Cup Final takes place at the last National League event of the season.  If you’re a fan of powerchair football in Great Britain, this event is worth watching. Teams to watch for include the Northern Thunder, Aspire PFC, Sporting Club Albion, and Nottingham PFC.
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2526 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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