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USAPP and Move United Work to Bring Sports to Everyone

Competitor lifts during 2019 Junior Nationals; Photo by Reed Hoffmann, courtesy of Move United.

USA Para Powerlifting (USAPP) has found its home at Logan as it transitions to becoming an official Paralympic Sports Organization over the next year. With a belief that people with physical disabilities deserve high quality organized athletic opportunities, from youth sports to elite Paralympic competition, the Paralympic Operations Department (POD) at Logan aims to be leaders in the global adaptive sport movement. With the help of Move United, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with physical disabilities learn about and participate in adaptive sports, the two are working to bring awareness and increase accessibility to the sport nationwide. “The …

Paralympic Operations Department Unveils 4-Year Plan

U.S Paralympics and Para Powerlifting logos

Logan University has grown its involvement over the years with the Paralympic and adapted sports movement and recently created the Paralympic Operations Department (POD), dedicated solely to this involvement. A year into the POD’s inception, the department has made staffing changes and created its four-year Strategic Plan to set the stage to become a leader in the Paralympic and adapted sport movement. Executive Director of Paralympic Operations Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP believes that by fusing Logan with these movements, the university will be able to not only diversify its reach but also become a model for …

World Para Powerlifting Invites Logan Faculty, Staff to Lead Webinars for New Series

World Para Powerlifting (WPPO) recently launched a webinar series for coaches, athletes, administrators, technical officials and classifiers in the para powerlifting world. The series will feature diverse topics, such as sports nutrition, sports and rehabilitation, and more, delivered by researchers, educators and experts around the world. WPPO invites Logan faculty and staff to submit a proposal for consideration to lead a webinar. Presenters will have the chance to discuss a topic in their area of expertise with participating members of the para powerlifting community. To submit a webinar proposal, please contact Dr. Kelley Humphries, Executive Director of Paralympic Operations at …

USAPP Athlete Blaze Tres Foster to Speak at Adapted Sport Leadership & Business Symposium

“When I’m competing, it’s just me and the bar. The bar doesn’t judge you and there’s no one else to blame. You either have a good lift or you don’t.” Blaze Tres Foster is a USA Para Powerlifting (USAPP) athlete. Originally from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, he was born with a genetic disorder for bone growth called Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and while he’s only been involved in para powerlifting since 2017, staying physically fit has always been a part of his life. “I got into fitness when I was 11 years old,” he said. “My older brother was an amazing …

NTCLEP Welcomes USA Para Powerlifting Coach

Headshot of USA Para Powerlifting Coach Caitlin Brown

A certified personal trainer and USA Para Powerlifting Coach, Caitlin Brown has a passion for helping people with physical disabilities build strength. Caitlin and her father opened Samaritan’s Walk 2010 when they had their first client with a spinal cord injury. Since then, Samaritan’s Walk has been dedicated to providing a space where those with physical disabilities can receive personal training. In 2018, Samaritan’s Walk became a sanctioned USA Para Powerlifting Regional Hub so that athletes with disabilities from all over the U.S. could learn about the sport and compete at a gym specially designed for them. “It’s amazing to …

USAPP Event Qualifies Nine U.S. Athletes

Nine athletes who competed at USA Para Powerlifting’s 2020 Regional Qualifier held January 18 on Logan’s campus qualified to represent the U.S. in Bogota, Colombia, in March 2020. That competition will serve as the last stop in the competition cycle, qualifying athletes for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Qualifying athletes included: Johnathan Coots with 88kg bench Ashley Dyce with 112 kg bench Blaze Foster with 108kg bench Christian Largo with 141 kg bench Luis Gonzalez Poma with 110kg bench Garrison Redd with 122 kg bench Ahmed Shafik with 193 bench Jacob Schrom with 210 kg bench Nicklaus Toedebusch with 82 kg …