Ep: 013 – WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PROFESSIONAL ANTHONY LARA

Anthony Lara was introduced to wheelchair sports at the age of 9 years old and hasn’t looked back since. He is a 25 year+ veteran of the ITF Professional Wheelchair Tennis Tour and was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team that competed at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. He is active with the West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association and is an excellent Tennis Instructor, receiving the Angel City Sports Foundation’s Coach of the Year Award in 2017. In addition, he is the founder of the One More Push Foundation. 

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Challenge Extended, Ep: 011 – 7x Paralympic Medalist Amanda McGrory

Amanda McGrory attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a dual sport athlete to play wheelchair basketball and race as a member of wheelchair racing team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Library and Information Science. In addition to her collegiate studies, she has also centered her life around adaptive sport. With seven Paralympic medals and over 25 marathons already, Amanda McGrory is training for one final Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I’m delighted to interview her for the Spring 2020 issue of Challenge magazine.

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Challenge Extended, Ep: 009 – Nine-Time Paralympian Candace Cable

Candace Cable was inducted into the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame in 2019. She has been an integral voice in the adaptive sports movement throughout her career. Candace was the first American woman to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Candace Cable is a nine-time Paralympian who competed in three sports: track and field, alpine skiing and Nordic skiing. She won 12 medals, including eight gold and her athletic career includes 84 first-place finishes at various marathons around the world. She continues to be an advocate and leader for adaptive sports and disability rights today.

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Ep: 008 – PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST MEGAN BLUNK

Megan Blunk was active in sports growing up. A month before her high school graduation, she was involved in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed her from the waist down. She found out about the sport of wheelchair basketball and earned a scholarship to play at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Megan Blunk has been an integral member of the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball national team, helping them to win gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Megan has been open and honest about mental illness and hopes to help others along the way.

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Challenge Extended Ep: 007 – Andrew Kurka

Andrew Kurka had aspirations to be an Olympic wrestler until an ATV accident paralyzed him when he was 13 years old. But that didn’t stop his competitive spirit. A couple years later, he connected with Challenge Alaska, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA near his hometown and took up alpine skiing. He qualified to represent Team USA at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi but an injury derailed that effort. However, his goal of winning a gold medal would not be denied.  In 2018, Andrew Kurka won a gold medal in downhill at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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