Illini in Paralympics

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st petersburg, fl
Saw this come across my fb feed and thought it was worth sharing. Great to see such strong Illini representation! Best of luck to these hard work men and women (Illini or otherwise, but esp. illini!) :illinois:

Anyone have thoughts on why it seems the beloved is a destination for paraolympic athletes? I'm curious to learn more.

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Saw this come across my fb feed and thought it was worth sharing. Great to see such strong Illini representation! Best of luck to these hard work men and women (Illini or otherwise, but esp. illini!) :illinois:

Anyone have thoughts on why it seems the beloved is a destination for paraolympic athletes? I'm curious to learn more.

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I'm not sure its relationship with DIA, but there has been a long tradition of wheelchair athletic training in the C-U area. I found this site, but am surprised we're not shouting from the rooftops. Given the history of successful wheelchair athletes, Illinois should be showcasing those programs with pride.

For those interested, BBC has a feed tracking the paralymics events. Just go to BBC Sports and there should be a link at the top of the page.
 
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st petersburg, fl
I'm not sure its relationship with DIA, but there has been a long tradition of wheelchair athletic training in the C-U area. I found this site, but am surprised we're not shouting from the rooftops. Given the history of successful wheelchair athletes, Illinois should be showcasing those programs with pride.

For those interested, BBC has a feed tracking the paralymics events. Just go to BBC Sports and there should be a link at the top of the page.
now that you mention that, it rang the bell about the netflix documentary that profiled Tatyana McFadden. I'm sure many on this board know about it/have seen it (or it's been discussed on here already), but I forgot to check it out when it first came out. Thanks for the reminder.

Agree that UI should make a bigger deal out of this. Seems like a no-brainer.

 
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now that you mention that, it rang the bell about the netflix documentary about Tatyana McFadden. I'm sure many on this board know about it/have seen it (or it's been discussed on here already), but I forgot to check it out when it first came out. Thanks for the reminder.

I looked further and found this Paralympic Training Site designation from 2014:
https://www.paralympic.org/news/university-illinois-announced-us-paralympic-training-site
 
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Rockford, Illinois
“The University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign developed the first wheelchair-accessible bus system and competitive wheelchair sports program. An extensive array of assistive technology and personal attendant services help students succeed in and out of class.”
I agree that these Illini athletes are a huge deal, and the University should be promoting their national prowess and success on a higher level. That said, Go Illini!

:chief: :illinois: :chief:
 
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“The University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign developed the first wheelchair-accessible bus system and competitive wheelchair sports program. An extensive array of assistive technology and personal attendant services help students succeed in and out of class.”
I agree that these Illini athletes are a huge deal, and the University should be promoting their national prowess and success on a higher level. That said, Go Illini!

:chief: :illinois: :chief:
Jean Driscoll is arguably the most accomplished athlete in the history of the university. She should be in the DIA Hall of Fame. We've inducted 80 members to date, it's well past time that Jean gets her shot.