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Colombia send team to alpine skiing development camp

A team of four athletes and a coach travelled to Chile with the hope of building their skills at an IPC Alpine Skiing Development Camp.

Group of skiers with different impairments in front of a sign saying Participants of the IPC Alpine Skiing development camp in in Chillan, Chile © • IPC
By Colombian Paralympic Committee | for the IPC

Colombia have never participated in a Winter Paralympic Games.

A total of four aspiring Colombian Paralympians attended an IPC Alpine Skiing development camp in in Chilan, Chile, recently (27-28 September), taking their first steps towards becoming a fully-fledged team.

Yaneth Arango Ortiz, Veronica Saavedra, Rafael Esteban Tenjo Herrera and Andres Felipe Duke Morales accompanied by coach Cesar Yovani Castro Riano, were selected for the camp after a recruitment process by the Colombian Paralympic Committee (CPC) attracted 19 applicants.

Colombia have never participated in a Winter Paralympic Games.

"It was a fairly long and complex process through which you chosen four have emerged,” Dr. Eduardo Montenegro, Sporting Director at the CPC said at a special ceremony held in honour of the team.

Julio Avila, Vice President of the CPC said that the camp represented a dawning of a new era for Colombia: "I do not want to scare you but have two very important missions, one, wear the colours of our country and represent us at an event that for you is the first time you go to do… and two open the door for this to be the beginning of a new discipline for our country.”

At the camp, races in giant slalom and slalom were held to allow participants from three countries, Colombia, Chile and Argentina, to test the skills they had learnt over the two days.

Saavedra finished at the top of the women’s podium in both events.

Brazil wins wheelchair rugby qualification tournament for Toronto 2015

Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile all qualify for next year’s Parapan American Games

A player wearing blue seated in a wheelchair with a white ball on his lap about to collide with an opponent wearing white. Canada's Zak Madell on the attack against USA in the 2014 World Championships semi-finals. The host nation's team has a safe spot at the Toronto 2015 Parapans. © • Brian Mouridsen

With four wins in as many games, the Brazil’s wheelchair rugby team finished on top at the Big Maximus Championships in Niteroi, Brazil, and qualified for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

The Big Maximus Championships, which served as the South American sub-regional qualification tournament, took place from 27 August to 1 September and brought together teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The top four finishers of the tournament gained direct qualification slots for the Parapan American Games.

Argentina took second place in the final rankings, winning three out of four games and recording their only loss against Brazil. Colombia finished third, winning their first two games against Peru and Uruguay and losing to Brazil and Argentina.

Chile took the final qualification spot, by winning against Paraguay and Peru.

The wheelchair rugby tournament at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games will consist of six teams in total. The missing two spots will be filled by host country Canada, and the USA as the top ranked team at the 2013 IWRF Americas Championship.

The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games will take place from 7-15 August. Around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries and territories will be in Toronto for the Games which will feature 15 sports, all of which will be qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

For more information on wheelchair rugby, visit the IWRF website.

For more information on the Parapan American Games, visit the Toronto 2015 website.

Teams prepare for knockout stages in Incheon

The quater finalists will go head-to-head on Saturday in the IWBF men's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

Three wheelchair basketball players fight for the ball Australia plays Turkey at the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships © • IWBF

After a rest day on Friday (11 July) in Incheon, Korea, the eight best teams at the IWBF men’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship will be back on court on Saturday ready for the knockout quarter final stages.

The first game of the day, which will be livestreamed here will be a re-run of last year’s European Championship gold medal match between Great Britain and Turkey.

The British team are unbeaten so far in Incheon and look strong contenders to add the world title to the European crown they secured last July in Frankfurt, Germany. Turkey, who have won three and lost three so far though, will be hoping to recapture the form that won them a surprise European silver.

London 2012 bronze medallists USA are next up on court in their match against Iran. The match should be fairly straight forward for the US however, having suffered a surprise loss to Italy in the earlier round, the Iranians may fancy their chances of another upset.

The third game of the day features the Championship’s two surprise teams. Spain has lost just once in Incheon – a 60:44 defeat to Great Britain – but will be pushed all the way by an inconsistent Italian team who despite three defeats claimed a notable scalp on Tuesday with victory over USA.

A vocal crowd is expected for the final game of the day when hosts Korea meet defending world champions Australia. The Koreans boast a won four, lost two, record so far this tournament, and will face their biggest challenge yet against the Australian Rollers whose only defeat has come against the USA.

Whilst the top eight teams enjoyed a deserved rest day on Friday, matches took place to determine the final finishing position from 9 to 16.

Friday’s results

Place 15/16

Algeria 38:59 The Netherlands

Place 13/14

Mexico 58:75 Sweden

Place 11/12

Argentina 61:62 Germany

Place 9/10

Japan 65:56 Colombia

For more information on the tournament, or to check out the final standings from the second group phase, visit the official website of the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Silverman and Huot clash to headline Spring CanAms

Over 200 swimmers from eight countries compete in one of the highlights of the para-swimming calendar.

Benoit Huot at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships Benoit Huot at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships © • IPC

Huot, who has medalled at every single World Championships and Paralympic Games since 1998, has already tipped Silverman to join him as one of the greatest ever para-swimmers.

Multiple Canadian World and Paralympic Champion Benoit Huot is set to meet America’s new hero, 18 year-old Ian Silverman, once again in the pool from Thursday (27 March) at this years’ Spring CanAm competition in Miami, USA.

Huot, who has medalled at every single World Championships and Paralympic Games since 1998, has already tipped Silverman to join him as one of the greatest ever para-swimmers.

True to that prediction, at last years’ IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, Silverman picked up four medals including the 400m freestyle S10 gold. In February 2014, he also set a new 400m individual medley SM10 world record at the RVA Richmond races in the USA.

The pair will meet in the 200m individual medley SM10, in which Huot is the reigning World Champion, and 100m backstroke S10 at the Ransome Everglades Aquatics Centre in Miami, USA. The event is also the US Paralympics Swimming Nationals.

Over 200 athletes from seven countries will gather for the meet, which serves as a qualifier for August’s Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Amongst the American team is Jessica Long, who this year celebrates a decade of competitive swimming at the highest level, after her Paralympic Games debut at Athens 2004. The 18-time world and 12-time Paralympic Champion once again struck gold in Montreal with three world titles, two of which came in the 200m individual medley SM8 and 400m freestyle S8 which Long will compete in this week.

Courtney Jordan, also a winner of three gold medals in Montreal, will enter a total of seven events including the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle S7 events she is currently the World Champion in.

Canadian Aurelie Rivard, 17, will look to follow on from her quadruple podium at home in Montreal and post some strong performances ahead of the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

Headlining the Mexican team in Miami is 50m backstroke S4 world champion Juan Reyes.

The 2014 Spring CanAms run from 27-29 March.

Brazilians battle for powerlifting worlds places

91 athletes from a total of four nations compete in Fortaleza, aiming to qualify for the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships.

Brazilian Powerlifter Brazilian Powerlifter © • NPC Brazil
By Brazilian NPC

“I want to lift more than 115kg, which is the current Brazilian record in my category [up to 86kg] and my best achievement. I have been training well and I will do it,”

91 powerlifters from four countries, including athletes from Brazil firmly on their road to Rio 2016, have gathered for the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Brazilian Powerlifting Invitational Championships in Fortaleza, Ceará, hoping to qualify for the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships.

Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia have all sent teams to the University of Fortaleza for the last qualification opportunity for South American athletes, which started yesterday (6 November) and runs until 9 November.

The Brazilian team in Fortaleza will feature three of the five Brazilian representatives from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Marcia Menezes, Rodrigo Rosa and Josilene Alves Ferreira. Menezes and Rosa finished in sixth place in their respective categories at the 2012 Games.

At the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ferreira achieved a fourth place finish. In Dubai, Ferreira is seeking to improve on that position, but needs to perform well at the invitational in Fortaleza to secure her position on the Brazilian team that will travel to the United Arab Emirates.

“I want to lift more than 115kg, which is the current Brazilian record in my category [up to 86kg] and my best achievement. I have been training well and I will do it,” she commented confidently.

43 year-old Ferreira contracted polio at eight months old and now uses a wheelchair. She began powerlifting in 2002 as a form of rehab, but she took a shine to the sport and went on to become an elite athlete who has competed in two Paralympic games at Beijing 2008 (finishing in fifth place) and London 2012.

The four athletes who won gold at the World Dwarf Games in August, in the USA, will also don Brazil’s colours and compete for a medal and a spot in Dubai. In August 2013, Luciano Dantas, Lucas Tavares, Erinaldo Ferreira and Maria Rizonaide each brought back a gold medal from the World Dwarf Games.

The Brazilian powerlifters will be evaluated by the technical commission during the competition and will have to meet certain goals for each category. Those who do will be invited for a training week and, if they meet the criteria, they will participate in the 2014 IPC Powerlifting Hungarian Open in January, followed by the World Championship in April in Dubai, UAE.

In addition to powerlifting, the capital of Ceará will also host another para-sport competition this weekend (9-10 November).

Athletes will compete in the third and final national event of the Caixa Loterias Athletics and Swimming Circuit. More than 500 athletes, including Paralympic champions, will compete for medals on the track and field of Unifor, and in the swimming pool of Náutico Atlético Cearense. The Circuit closes the adult competition calendar of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee for 2013.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships take place from 5-11 April in Dubai, UAE, where 300 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete for coveted world titles ahead of Rio 2016.

USA secure revenge for London 2012 wheelchair rugby loss

World No. 1 USA beat Canada to secure third successive IWRF Americas Championship title.

IWRF Americas Championship gold medal match USA and Canada contest the 2013 IWRF Americas Championship gold medal match © • IWRF

"Three tournaments this summer, three gold medals."

USA cemented their position as the world’s best wheelchair rugby team by winning a third successive IWRF Americas Championship on Saturday (19 October) at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.

In winning gold, USA defeated Canada 63-40 to finish the competition undefeated and secure a small amount of revenge for their shock semi-final loss to Canada at London 2012.

The defending world champions never looked troubled in the final and led 34-25 at half-time. In the final two quarters they powered home their advantage to beat Canada for a second time in two days having beaten them 53-44 during Friday’s round robin stages.

"Three tournaments this summer, three gold medals. @usawchrugby=#1 team in the world! Love this team,” USA player Chuck Aoki tweeted shortly after the game.

In the bronze medal match, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games host Brazil defeated Argentina 67-44.

Five teams – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and USA – took part in the competition which started on Wednesday 16 October and served as a qualifier for the 2014 IWRF World Championships, which will be held in Denmark.

Full results from the competition can be found at the IWRF website.

Brazil top 2013 Parapan American Youth Games medals table

Rio 2016 hosts win 209 medals in Buenos Aires as 10 sport Games comes to a close in Argentina.

Wheelchair tennis at the 2013 Parapan American Youth Games Wheelchair tennis at the 2013 Parapan American Youth Games © •

On the final day of the 2013 Parapan American Youth Games in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Brazil enjoyed a superb day to finish top of the medals table.

In football 7-a-side, they went head-to-head with their huge rivals Argentina and, in a highly competitive and entertaining encounter, came out on top 3-0 to win gold.

"It is a great joy to participate in this event and be a champion in Argentina, it is very special," said Brazilian striker Bruno Finalle.

Despite the result, the host nation’s Matthias Salvat was not too downbeat. "We left everything on the court but could not win, the important thing is that we gave our all.”

In the bronze medal match Venezuela were victorious 2-1 over Colombia.

Brazil’s men also took gold in wheelchair basketball thanks to a final round robin victory over Argentina. Silver went to Colombia, whilst Venezuela took bronze.

In the women’s competition, USA took gold and Canada the silver, much to the delight of US team captain Rose Hollermann who said afterwards: "Playing basketball brings me great joy, and it is always good to compete with other countries."

Goalball gold also went to the Brazilians following a 13-3 win over Mexico partly thanks to tournament top scorer André Dantas who netted 24 times.

After winning men’s doubles gold on Friday (18 October), Miguel Coronado Barra followed it up on Saturday with gold in the men’s singles. The Chilean was too strong for Mexican Carlos Chavarria Wall winning 6-2, 6-1.

“"I never thought I would give gold to my Chile. I train every day and fight to advance with much sacrifice, but it is worth it," said Coronado Barra. “I hope that the next tournament is like here and attracts players from around the world."

On the final day of swimming competition, Brazil cemented their position at the tops of the medals table by winning a further 16 gold medals. The Rio 2016 hosts finished 111 medals overall in the pool, including 46 golds.

After five days of competition in 10 sports, Brazil topped the medals table winning 209 medals made up of 102 gold, 65 silver and 42 bronze medals. Mexico finished in second and host Argentina third.

Jose Luis Campo elected APC President

Argentinian takes over from Octavio Londoño after winning Presidential election 14 votes to 3.

APC election candidates 2013 The six candidates standing for the 2013 APC elections © •

Argentinian Jose Luis Campo has been elected as President of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) for the third time.

At the 12th APC General Assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Campo, an IPC Governing Member, was elected by 14 votes to 3 ahead of Colombian Octavio Londoño, who had been President since 2009.

Campo was first elected as founding President of the APC in 1997 and served two four year terms until 2005. In his manifesto for election, Campo outlined the need to strengthen National Paralympic Committees in the region and build the Paralympic Movement from the grassroots through to the elite level and the Paralympic Games. He called for more competitions in more countries and equal opportunities for impairment types.

During his next four year term through to 2017, Campo will be involved in three major events in the region - the Santiago de Chile 2014 Para South American Games, Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Game

During Friday’s elections (18 October), Carla Qualtrough, the former President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, was elected Vice President whilst Eladio Agramonte of the Dominican Republic and Mike Peters of the USA were voted in as Members at Large.

IWRF Americas Championship: Previewing the field

World No. 1 USA and No. 3 Canada are favoured to make the gold-medal game at this week’s Americas Championship in wheelchair rugby.

Zak Madell Canada's Zak Madell has been named to the IPC's Ones to Watch list for wheelchair rugby. © • Getty Images
By Beau Greenway | For the IPC

This tournament serves as a qualification for the 2014 IWRF World Championships, which will be held in Denmark.

The 2013 IWRF Americas Championship gets underway on Wednesday (16 October) at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama in the USA.

This year marks the third edition of the event and features five national teams, including the host nation USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. USA are the two-time defending champions after winning in the title 2009 and 2011.

This tournament serves as a qualification for the 2014 IWRF World Championships, which will be held in Denmark.

The event will be streamed live on the IWRF's website.


Argentina currently sit between Brazil and Colombia in the IWRF world rankings at No. 21. The Americas Championship gives them a golden opportunity to leapfrog Brazil and earn the right to be No. 1 in South America. Argentina placed fourth behind Brazil in 2011 and will be looking to be on the other end of that ledger.

Argentina will kick off the tournament against USA in the opening game.

Championship medals: Bronze (2009)

Paralympic medals: None

Head coach: Mariano Hurtado

Squad: Alejandro Lopez, Cesar Sosa, Juan Foa, Ignacio Rizzi, Mariano Gastaldi, Fernando Pantin Colombo, Matias Cardozo, Fernando Canumil, Gustavo Mariano Santoro, Juan Herrera, Daniel Viegas, Ignacio Arhancet.


Brazil placed fourth in the inaugural Americas Championship in 2009 but went one better in 2011 by defeating Argentina for the bronze medal. The Brazilian team has become the highest-ranked South American nation in 2013, sitting 20th in the world. They will be hoping to keep their two nearest rivals Argentina and Colombia below them by defeating them both during the tournament.

Brazil is up against Canada in their first match.

Championship medals: Bronze (2011)

Paralympic medals: None

Head coach: Benoit Labrecque

Squad: Fabio Alves Ferreira, Gilson Dias Wirzma Junior, Luis Fernando Cavalli, Jose Raul Scholler Guenter, Guilherme Camargo, Jose Higino Oliveira Souza, Rafael Hoffmann, Davi Coimbra de Abreu, Alexandre Keji Taniguchi, Bruno Damaceno Ferreira, Alexandre Vitor Giuriato, Moises Domingues Batista.


The world’s No. 3 team will be chasing their first Americas championship in 2013. After two consecutive silver medals at this tournament in 2009 and 2011, the vastly improved Canadian team will be the greatest challenge to USA.

Their first match is against Brazil on the opening day of the tournament.

Championship medals: Silver (2009, 2011)

Paralympic medals: Silver (1996, 2004, 2012) Bronze (2008)

Head coach: Kevin Orr

Squad: Byron Green, Trevor Hirschfield, Patrice Dagenais, Miranda Biletski, Patrice Simard, Cody Caldwell, David Willsie, Travis Murao, Ian Chan, Fabien Lavoie, Garett Hickling, Zak Madell.


Colombia hosted the Americas Championship in 2011 and placed fifth out of six teams. They will be looking to improve on that performance by beating the two teams above them on the world rankings, Argentina and Brazil.

Colombia faces the tournament favourites USA in their opening game.

Championship medals: None

Paralympic medals: None

Head coach: Jhonattan Vargas Rojas

Squad: Juan Manual Ochoa, Carlos Armando Neme Montoya, John Jairo Segura Cuervo, Faber Alonso Saldarriaga Perez, Cristian Camilo Amaya Fajardo, Cristian Eduardo Torres, Cristian Heiner Narvaez Giraldo, Moises Alonso Alvarez, Edgard Giovanny Vanegas Cardona, Jaime Moreno Moreno.


The host nation will be looking to keep their dominant 2013 season rolling with yet another win in the Americas Championship. The USA carry in good form after defeating Australia on their home turf in a tri-nations series with New Zealand last month. After defeating Canada in the 2011 final, USA will looking to make it three titles in a row this year.

They will be after the perfect start when they open their campaign against Argentina on the opening night.

Championship medals: Gold (2009, 2011)

Paralympic medals: Gold (1996, 2000, 2008) Bronze (2004, 2012)

Head coach: James Gumbert

Squad: Clayton Braun, Jeromy Brown, Chad Cohn, Eric Chase, Ernie Chun, Andy Cohn, Joe Delagrave, Derrick Helton, Chuck Melton, Eric Newby, Josh Wheeler, Chuck Aoki.

First international shooting comp begins at Rio range

The 2013 Brazilian Open Shooting Championships will be held at the Rio 2016 shooting range and brings together athletes from seven North and South American countries.

A picture of a group dancing Artists representing Rio 2016 peforming during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
By IPC and Brazilian Paralympic Committee

"If we have the same level of success with IPC shooting, we will be able to achieve our goal again.”

The first Brazilian Open Shooting Championships have begun at the National Sports Shooting Centre (CNTE), in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, the same location where the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be held.

The competition, which began yesterday (3 October), will run until Sunday (6 October) and is aimed at developing shooting in the region.

Shooters from seven North and South American countries (Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela) will compete. Brazil will be represented by a clutch of athletes, including Geraldo von Rosenthal, the only Brazilian to win a gold medal in a World Cup event, and Carlos Garletti, who competed in the last two Paralympic Games.

Uruguay is also adding to the theme of firsts by entering Carmelo Milan Facciolo, who makes his debut at an international level against von Rosenthal in the P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1) and P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) . The USA is entering Michael Tagliapietra who will also go up against Facciolo and von Rosenthal in the same events.

The 2013 Brazilian Open Shooting Championships will be funded through an agreement between the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and the Brazilian Ministry of Sports. The sport is also sponsored by Loterias Caixa in Brazil.

"The idea is to make more people in this country [Brazil] aware of the sport. We did something similar in 2011 with wheelchair fencing and the results were excellent, yielding an unprecedented gold medal, in addition to an increased number of athletes participating in the sport. If we have the same level of success with IPC shooting, we will be able to achieve our goal again,” said Andrew Parsons, quoting Brazilian athlete Jovane Guissone, wheelchair fencing champion in London 2012.

Among the athletes competing in Brazil will be athletes who have participated in the Paralympic Games and who have their eyes on a gold medal at Rio 2016. Canadians Christos Trifonidis, Mike Larochelle and Doug Blessing, and Argentinian Osvaldo Gentili make-up the list of most seasoned athletes.

For the Brazilians, the competition also serves to classify them in the national ranking for 2013. The ranking is composed of two Copa Brazil stages, one that took place earlier this year in Curitiba, and now the 2013 Brazilian Open Shooting Championships.

Sao Paulo athlete Garletti has participated in two Paralympic Games, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, and he is the only Brazilian to have ever competed in the Games. He is a seven-time rifle champion and will be aiming to compete at the next IPC Shooting World Championships, which take place in Suhl, Germany in July 2014.

Confident with his gold medal win at the IPC World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, this August, Brazilian shooter Geraldo von Rosenthal has been competing for over ten years and currently leads the Brazilian ranking in pistol shooting.

The next major international shooting competition will begin in just over two weeks time in Alicante, Spain. The 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships run from 20-25 October and will feature more athletes than London 2012.