Daniel Romanchuk, “teach kids they can before someone tells them they can’t”

Since he was two years old, Daniel Romanchuk has been actively participating in programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Disabled Sports USA chapter in Baltimore, Maryland. Born with spina bifida, a relatively common birth defect that affects the spinal cord, he started playing sports with the Bennett Blazers, the adaptive sports program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, including wheelchair basketball, swimming, archery, triathlon, skiing, table tennis, sled hockey, track and field, and more. “Track and Field came along faster for me than some of the other sports,” he said. “It was also something I could do at home.” Continue reading

2016 Paralympic Sailing: Team USA Starts Strong | Sailing World

For the US Sailing Team, the Paralympics are off to a strong start. In the 2.4mR, Dee Smith is currently in third overall, with a 7 and 1 on his scorecard. “In the first race, I didn’t get off the line very well, and I got ‘pinged’ a couple times, with too many tacks on the first beat,” says Smith in a team statement. “The second race was very clean. I won the start, and it was a two-way battle with Helena [Lucas] from Great Britain for the next couple of legs.” Smith maintained his lead all the way through the start to take a bullet in race two. It’s early days yet, but Smith predicts he will know by midweek if he has a medal chance in this highly competitive class. “I’ve been sailing here for more than 23 years,” he says. “I did a couple of Cape Town to Rio races and a Volvo [stop] here, so I feel comfortable in Rio and I like it.”

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