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International Paralympic Games

In its history, UA Adaptive Athletics Program has sent 31 athletes and alumni to the Paralympic Games. With its first competition in Rome, Italy in 1960, the Paralympic Games provide elite competition for the world's best, most accomplished disabled athletes and athletes with impairment.

While this program has been well represented over the years at the Games, 2016 will make for the highest presence of current and former UA athletes:

  • Jennifer Poist, UA graduate student; Wheelchair Basketball
  • Darlene Hunter, UA alumnus; Wheelchair Basketball
  • Bryan Barten, UA alumnus and head coach of UA Wheelchair Tennis; Wheelchair Tennis
  • Dana Mathewson, UA graduate student; Wheelchair Tennis
  • David Wagner, former UA athlete; Wheelchair Tennis
  • Kaitlyn Verfuerth, UA Alumnus; Wheelchair Tennis
  • Adam Kellerman, former UA international athlete; Wheelchair Tennis representing Team Australia
  • Shirley Reilly, UA senior; Wheelchair Track and Field
  • Alana Nichols, UA alumnus; Paracanoe
  • Chad Cohn, UA community member; Wheelchair Rugby
  • Josh Wheeler, UA community member; Wheelchair Rugby

Before this year, seven athletes participated in the Games in 2012:

  • Zach Abbott, UA Junior, 100 and 200 meters
  • Bryan Barten, UA alumnus and head coach of the UA wheelchair tennis and rugby teams, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Jordan Bird, UA Junior, 400 and 800 meters
  • Tanner Gers, UA Junior, Sprint and Triple jump
  • Adam Kellerman, UA Sophomore, Wheelchair Tennis representing Australia
  • Jen Poist, UA Pharmacy Student, Women's Wheelchair Basketball
  • Noah Yablong, 2012 UA Alumnus, Wheelchair Tennis

To learn more...

Read more about UA Athletics in Rio.

Official Website of the Paralympic Games.