The USQRA Wheelchair Rugby season went out with a bang on Saturday, April 22nd, as the host team, Ability 360 Heat, outlasted the Minnesota Steelheads to claim the Division I National Championship. Chuck Aoki and Minnesota kept it close throughout the final, but Ability 360 kept their composure and came out on top 55-51. The Heat won their third national title as the top seed on their home court, capping off an undefeated season in what was surely a special year in Phoenix. In Division II, the Lakeshore Demolition posted a 6-0 record on the way to the title, finishing with a comfortable 54-46 win over the Portland Pounders in the final. Ability 360 Heat player Jim Roberts took home Division I MVP in addition to the tournament win, while Division II finalist Jhon Mauricio Orozco Nunez brought an MVP award home to Portland.
Over in Texas, RISE Adaptive Sports hosted the 2017 WCMX World Championship. In the Pro Division, Aaron Fotheringham from Las Vegas, Nevada captured his third world title, beating out runner up Blake Simpson of California and David Lebuser from Dortmund, Germany who took third. In the Women’s Division, the top two spots went to the home team, as RISE Adaptive’s own Ella French won the event and teammate Megan Way took second! In adaptive skate, Oscar Loreto Jr., also from California, took home the win.
(For full highlights of the WCMX World Championship click here)
Looking ahead to this weekend, the big adaptive sports event is Triumph Foundation‘s Wheelchair Sports Festival! Hosted at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in California, this event showcases all kinds of adaptive sports such as Wheelchair Hockey, Quad Rugby, and SCUBA Diving!
We also recently learned about an upcoming event in our neck of the woods! On Sunday, April 30th, Adaptive Climbing Group Massachusetts is taking a trip to Hammond Pond in Newton, MA to do some outdoor adaptive rock climbing and wants you to come with them! Rock climbing might be one of those sports (like Wheelchair Rugby and WCMX) that sounds too intense for people in wheelchairs, but the volunteers at ACG are willing to work with any adaptations and disabilities that they come accross! Click here for the event page and sign up information.
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