Turnstone Congratulates the 2016 Paralympians

September 19th, 2016

Turnstone Congratulates the 2016 Paralympians

Fort Wayne, IN – For the last 12 days, 22 different sports have been competing in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Turnstone has been a part of the road to Rio for 9 athletes competing in the games.

SILVER for USA Men’s Goalball: The USA Men’s Goalball team has been training full time at Turnstone since October of 2015 and played seven hard fought games against teams from all over the world. They finished the 2016 Paralympic games by winning a silver medal in their game against Lithuania. 

5th and 6th in Road Cycling: Tom Davis from Fremont, IN. has been training hard to not only get to the 2016 Paralympics but to compete on the world’s stage, and he had a great showing. He finished 5th in the time trials and 6th in the road race.  Both races showed the end result of years of intense training with his road race finish being just five seconds outside of medal contention.

You can see highlights from Tom’s Time Trails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GX-oyJ-M_I

GOLD for USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball: Team USA remained undefeated through the games. They competed in the final gold medal game against Spain and came out victorious with a score of 68-52 to win a gold medal. Jared Arambula, a significant contributor to the team’s success, started playing wheelchair basketball at Turnstone at the age of 13, played throughout college and earned his spot on the Paralympic team.  Jared is an outstanding example of strength, skill and determination, and the importance of Turnstone’s adaptive sports program to empower people with disabilities.  We are proud of the Paralympic athlete he has become.

You can see highlights from the game: http://www.teamusa.org/Rio-2016-Paralympic-Games/Paralympic-Live-Stream-Landing/Paralympic-Video/2016/08/14/Wheelchair-Basketball—2016-Paralympic-Games

SILVER for USA Wheelchair Rugby: Team USA played well over the five games they had and remained undefeated going into today’s match. Jeff Butler is a native of Fort Wayne and graduated from Homestead High School. He contributed to Team USA’s success through strong defensive play in this hard-hitting and fast paced sport.  Today’s match against Australia ended with Australia defeating Team USA by one point, after two overtimes.

You can see highlights from the games: http://www.teamusa.org/Rio-2016-Paralympic-Games/Paralympic-Live-Stream-Landing/Paralympic-Video/2016/08/14/Wheelchair-Rugby—2016-Paralympic-Games 

“We are proud of all of these athletes and what they have accomplished in the 2016 Paralympics,” said Mike Mushett, CEO “These athletes are perfect examples of what it means to empower people with disabilities.”

Turnstone is one of ten gold level participants in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Programs in the United States.  

Paralympic sports have arrived as viable opportunities for both athletes and spectators. According to U.S. Paralympics, the disability community in the U.S. is 21 million strong. But less than 10 percent participate in regular physical activity. In Fort Wayne, it is estimated that 55,000 citizens are living with a disability. Through sports, the U.S. Paralympics and Paralympic sports clubs like Turnstone are helping a person with a disability live a healthy and active lifestyle.  

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