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  • Mr. Jeff Downes proud of all his kids

    Posted by Jason Miller

    So as a parent you always hope the best for your children.  When they are athletes you just hope they are good enough, maybe, to get a scholarship at a University to play their respective sport.  As you will hear in this interview with Mr. Jeff Downes, he and his wife are living that right now.  They have two sons and a daughter.  Their two sons are disabled, which allow them to play wheelchair basketball.  One of their sons you already have been introduced to, Brendan Downes and their youngest son Connor Downes who we will track down once the basketball season starts.  First we are going to hear from Mr. Downes about what it's like to be a dad of disabled kids and then how proud he is of them and what impact that made on what he does now.  This is the first part of my interview with Mr. Jeff Downes, Dad, trophy guy and USA Women's wheelchair basketball Team Leader.  We will hear about being the Team Leader in the part two of the interview.  So till then, here's Daddy Downes.

    Mr. Jeff Downes aka Daddy Downes

  • USA Men's Wheelchair basketball coach

    Posted by Jason Miller

     

    So it's not everyday that you get to talk to the MAN.  Well today I did and wow was it AWESOME.  We have something pretty special going with the USA Men's wheelchair basketball team and he is one of the main reasons.  He has been a coach for 17 years. He has a great staff who supports him and who have embraced his attitude.  It's by far Wheels and Motions biggest interview to date.  I am so proud to introduce you to the man who will lead team USA Mens wheelchair basketball into London for the 2012 Paralympics,

    Coach Jim Glatch!!

    Team USA Mens Wheelchair basketball coach

  • Wise beyond her years and ready to win

    Posted by Jason Miller

    This young lady pictured above is one of the most honest and down to earth people I've talked to.  She has done so much in such a short time.  She has seen alot of the world.  When she rolls into Olympic stadium I have a feeling emotions will be out of this world.  From Michigan, a member of the University of Alabama's Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team and member of the USA Women's Wheelchair Tennis Team of which she will be representing at the 2012 Paralympics in London.  I am so excited to introduce to you...

    Mackenzie Soldan!!!

    She is thrilled at the opportunity

  • Mature way beyond her years, Emmy Kaiser joins us

    Posted by Jason Miller

    It's not often that you get to interview the best of the best.  But with the Paralympics coming up I am getting that chance.  She is the number one ranked Women player in both singles and doubles in the USA and that is why she will be representing the USA in the Paralympics which are going to be taking place in London shortly after the Olympics.  She has had expectations on her since starting the game of wheelchair tennis and she handles that pressure like someone who is twice her age.  I am very proud to introduce you to Kentucky's very own

    Emmy Kaiser.

    Playing one point at a time

  • Want to catch some great tennis, check this out

    Posted by Jason Miller

    I interviewed Lynn Bender and we talked about the tournament, The Midwest Championships in Grand Rapids, MI.  It starts tonight with an up/down.  Then tomorrow morning it will kick off with all divisions playing to see who will be crowned Champion.

    Check out this link and see who wins.

     

     

  • Is this fair or about time?

    Posted by Jason Miller

    Every now and then you see something that happens that changes things forever.  Like the DH, the bullpen, and a closer in baseball.  Or how about a hard helmet with plastic shoulder pads in football.  What about this, thick pads and a stick that gets thick in the middle and a helmet that you decorate…of course hockey is the sport there.  Now there are more sports that have had improvements and things happen that revolutionized many sports.  However, there may not be a bigger event than what we will see when Oscar Pistorius takes to the track as a member of the South Africa track and field Olympic team.  Why am I making a big deal out of this.  Well because he has been trying to make the South Africa Olympic team for years now.  You still say, so what…how about this, he is a double amputee who runs on what are called runner blades.  Now you may be asking who cares.  Well I ask have you ever heard of the Paralympics?  If you come to this blog you have but if you don’t know what they are…they are Olympic games for the disabled athletes through out the world and they take place two weeks after the Olympics.  Oscar Pistorius has been in the Paralympics and has done well for himself.

    The following table from Wikipedia, points out he has a lot of accomplishments in the Paralympics.

     

    Achievements and titles

    World finals

    2005 Paralympic World Cup: 100 m (T44) – Gold; 200 m (T44) – Gold

    National finals

    2007 South African Senior Athletics Championships: 400 m (T44) – Gold

    Paralympic finals

    2008 Summer Paralympics: 100 m (T44) – Gold, 200 m (T44) – Gold; 400 m (T44) – Gold

    2004 Summer Paralympics: 100 m (T44) – Bronze; 200 m (T44) – Gold

    Highest world ranking

    100 m: 1st (2008)[4]
    200 m: 1st (2008)[5]

    400 m: 1st (2008)[6]

    Personal best(s)

    100 m (T44): 10.91 s (2007, WR)
    200 m (T44): 21.41 s (2010, WR)
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    400 m (T44): 45.07

    Medal record[hide]

    Men's athletics

    Competitor for  South Africa

    African Championships

    Silver

    2012 Benin

    400 metres

    Silver

    2012 Benin

    4 × 400 m relay

    World Championships

    Silver

    2011 Daegu

    4 × 400 m relay

    Paralympic Games

    Gold

    2004 Athens

    200 metres (T44)

    Gold

    2008 Beijing

    100 metres (T44)

    Gold

    2008 Beijing

    200 metres (T44)

    Gold

    2008 Beijing

    400 metres (T44)

    Bronze

    2004 Athens

    100 metres (T44)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     My first thought is, you have to prove nothing to anyone.  You are a great sprinter and have lots of gold medals.  But then the competitor in me comes out and says get to the highest of the mountain top.  So where do you come down on this.  Click here to read the story and let me know what you think.  Is it fair that a double amputee is allowed to compete against able bodied runners?  Yes I said fair, they are saying that his running blades are able to take more of a beating than that of a human ankle and foot.  Oh well just something to think about heading into the Olympics and Paralympics.  Let me know what you think.

     

  • Pat McCoy has this to say about USA wheelchair basketball

    Posted by Jason Miller

    USA flag

    In part two of my interview with Pat McCoy we are going to talk about USA wheelchair basketball.  Is the Men's team the best we've seen on paper and can the Women make it a three peat...we sure hope so.  

     

    Thanks for listening to Wheels in Motion and with out further adue here is Part two with NWBA board member Pat McCoy.

    What Pat has to say about team USA

  • Las Vegas has a good thing going

    Posted by Jason Miller

    Well I was on vacation...yes it was great thanks.  So coming back to getting the word out about wheelchair basketball I was thinking of a guy who has been around for awhile...lets say 30 plus years.  He started in Missouri and then went to Las Vegas where he has made quite a name for himself.  How do you start a great wheelchair basketball program, what's harder, being a ref or a player and does the US need to be more like Europe?  So please enjoy my talk with NWBA board member Pat McCoy. 

    Stay tuned later today as I will talk more with Pat on how the Men's and Women's USA wheelchair basketball teams will do in London, England at the 2012 Paralympics.

     

     

    Here is Pat McCoy on wheelchair basketball

  • She is taking the world by storm

    Posted by Jason Miller

     

    Our first international female wheelchair basketball star joins us on Wheels in Motion.  She is one of the best women wheelchair basketball players in the world and plays for Germany’s senior team and also plays on the U25 team.  Recently her German team won the North American Cup over the USA.  If my facts are correct she helped her German team win a Silver at the World Championships and in her first u25 game she scored 32 points.  I am pleased to introduce you to Mareike Adermann from Germany.  

     

    She is becoming an international star

  • Just's keeps making Wisconsin Proud

    Posted by Jason Miller

    becca murray shooting for team USA


    She is a 20 something woman who plays basketball like most people walk down the sidewalk, effortless.  She is a leader on the USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball team and she will be leading them right into London, England for the Paralympics.  They are medal bound and we hope they bring home one that's the color of the Notre Dame helmet...I am superstitious, so what?!  She is humble, yet so very sure of herself.  Who is "she", Becca Murray that's who.  I am pleased to introduce you to Wisconsin's very own, Germantown specifically...Becca Murray.

     

    Becca Murray taking a shot

    Becca Murray team USA

  • Inspiration to the umteenth degree

    Posted by Jason Miller

    There is something that is usually overstated and that is the battles that athletes go through on the court, field or what ever surface you play your sport on.  To me that is an insult to those who actually fight battles in war.  There are many guys and gals who have served our country and found disabled sports.  And as a disabled athlete there is no better way to show your support to those who have been injured in war than what the guys who play for Team USA wheelchair basketball did.  On their way to preparing for the Paralympics they visited those wounded in the war recovering in Germany.  Here is a link to the video of a great story of how a few athletes tried to brighten others lives.  I sure hope you can appreciate what they did because I sure do.  A tip of the cap to you guys for taking time to do what you did.

  • Great Advocate for Wheelchair Tennis

    Posted by Jason Miller

    I was trying to figure out who I could have on from the Midwest that I knew would be able to show their love for this game of wheelchair tennis.  Then it came to me, Lynn Bender.  She is doing more for the sport of wheelchair tennis than she will ever know.  She is a great advocate for the sport and disabled sports in general.  She is involved with a great program in Grand Rapids, MI and runs one of the best tournaments that we have in the States.  Please click here to learn more that program and the Midwest Wheelchair Championships tournament.  Without further a due here is Lynn Bender.  And Lynn, thank you so much for spending time with me.

    Here is Lynn Bender