| Committee Roster
||LSC Disability Swimming Coordinator
Art Anthony Jon Larson
Joseph Peppersack Katy Nunez
Brieanna Romney Sean Harrington
Pat Donohue Kim Downs
John Harrington Jody Peppersack
Ray Tubbs Sandy Peppersack
|On behalf of the VSI Disability Committee, I thank our parents, coaches , officials, and countless
volunteers for support of
our very dear and committed disability swimmers.
Pat Donohue worked at the Paralympic meet , Can/Am, in December , as an official .
Pat has extensive experience with Disability Swimming Officiating and is a key member of the VSI Disabilty Committee.
|As the COVID-19 virus expands, we ask you to keep your athletes safe. Although not swimming,, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet, keep active with daily exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Maintenance of a daily schedule is imperative. Take frequent walks outside , in your yard, or if confined to your house, do exercise sets 3 to 4 times per day. Use your computer to the MAX, to communicate effectively with your friends, peer students / team members, and your teachers if still in school. Look at creative ways to communicate with those individuals who may not have access to a computer.
If you have any signs of a respiratory infection (Fever, persistent cough, trouble breathing) then report to your doctor or emergency room or Urgent Care clinic, for a timely evaluation . Wash your hands every chance you get !! Stay Well. !!!
Sickle Cell Diseases
Congential Heart Defects and Swimming
Seizures at the Pool - What do we do?
VSI Disability Swimmer of the Year Criteria Disability Guide for LSC
Role of LSC Disability Chair
Safety and Risk
Guide for Coaches
Disability Condition in the Spotlight for this season will include diabetes mellitus.
|VSI current or former disability swimmers who are still quite active in the sport
|Joseph Peppersack excelled in the 100 backstroke in the Para-Pan games last fall, earning a SILVER medal. He has been swimming for the Univ of Mary Washington.
| Samantha Tubbs was named to the National B team and she continued to train at the Olympic Training Center She competed in the Para National Championships in Lewisville, Texas in December and in the Tropical Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan in January. She also went to the National Team Camp in Colorado Springs in January, 2020. She continues to take classes at DeVry University and she worked as a swimming instructor with Safe Splash Program at Colorado Springs. She is currently quarantined in Colorado Springs, unable to train or work and is mentally regrouping with the postponement of key competitions, Trials, and the 2020 Paralympics..” She is working to make the best of it all. “
|Sean Harrington has less work at the hospital now at Chesapeake, due to lower volume of surgical cases, related to COVID-19. The YMCA is also closed, so he is riding his bike for miles and miles.
Emily Scovel no longer swims competitively, but she is currently focused on therapeutic horseback riding.
(nine year old) athlete with disability , on NOVA team.
Her father writes:
'Kenley has shown unmatched potential this past year , in para swimming for a nine year old. She has set six Junior National Records at the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals in
Minneapolis, Minn. She achieved qualifying times for the US Para National Championships. She will attend the event this year in Texas, making her the youngest swimmer ever to participate in the meet.
Kenly has advanced two age groups this season on NOVA. She will swim both the short course and the long course seasons with NOVA and all eligible meets. Also, Kenly may swim the
Bill Keating , Jr. Memorial Meet in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is practicing two times a week with NOVA and participating in a running club on alternate days."
|The VSI Disability Committee applauds NOVA Coach Anita Dillman for working with twoHandicapped swimmers and for including them in the regular VSI meets this year.
The International Paralympic Committee recently published, after many committee meetings,
the strategic framework and goals for all World Para Sports, which of course includes swimming.
The Vision, Mission, Values and Athlete Sport Characteristics for Paralympic Swimmers are below:
Vision: Enable Para athletes to showcase their abilities and fulfi l their full potential at all levels from the grassroots through to the high performance level.
Mission: Develop a long-term competition calendar which encourages and increases athlete participation, provides high levels of professional officiating and classification, fair competition, and boosts the profile of the sport and its athletes.
Values Courage Determination Inspiration Equality
Sport characteristics Athlete centered , Collaborative and engaging Fair and accountable Open and ethical
| Upcoming Disability Meets & Events
|Sept. 22, 2018
|| 2018 Deaflympics
|Sept. 15-16, 2018
||The California Classic: (PI Nat Classifications available)
||The USA Paralympic Swimming Clinic
|Sept. 23-28, 2018
||The USA Aquatic Sports Convention -
|October 20-21, 2018
||The ASL Fred Lamback Disability Meet
|December 14 – 16, 2018
usa para olympics
| held January 21 - 22, 2018
||The Disability Swimming Workshop
||Colorado Springs OTC