Illinois Well Represented at Paralympics

Chelsea McClammer, Tatyana McFadden, Amanda McGrory

Team USA swept the podium in the 1500-meter, T54 final at the recent Paralympics in Rio. From left to right, Chelsea McClammer took the bronze, Tatyana McFadden won gold, and Amanda McGrory finished with the silver.

More than two-dozen athletes and coaches with ties to Illinois participated in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Of those, 14 athletes train full-time at the University of Illinois. The training facility in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services was designated in 2014 as a U.S. Paralympic Training Site for wheelchair track and road racing.
 
In addition, Adam Bleakney, head coach of men’s and women's track, field, and racing at Illinois served as head coach of USA Wheelchair Track, and Stephanie Wheeler, head coach of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team, served as head coach of the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball.

Current students who participated include:
Megan Blunk, Social Work (wheelchair basketball)
Raymond Martin, Kinesiology (track and field)
Chelsea McClammer, Human Development and Family Studies (track and field)
Kelsey LeFevour, Recreation, Sport and Tourism (track and field)
Hannah McFadden, Human Development and Family Studies (track and field)
Tatyana McFadden, Curriculum and Instruction (track and field)
Amanda McGrory, Library and Information Science (track and field)