Team St. Luke’s, the adaptive sports team for youth and adults with physical disabilities, will be departing Spokane for Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday, January 6, where they will be competing for Team USA of U.S. Paralympics, at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships, January 21-30, 2011.
Chelsea McClammer (16), Austin Pruitt (16) and Amberlynn Weber (17) will help comprise the Team USA roster of 54 athletes (34 males and 20 females).
Teresa Skinner, coach of Team St. Luke’s, was selected as the assistant wheelchair track coach for Team USA. Another addition to Team St. Luke’s is equipment technician Chris Taylor who will be joining the team for the first two weeks. The team will depart from Spokane International Airport Thursday, January 6 at 5:31 p.m.
**Photo and interview opportunities will be available beginning at 3 p.m. at the United Airlines ticketing area. Contact Teresa Skinner at (509) 999-6466.
Team St. Luke’s is a structured sports team for young and adult athletes with physical disabilities, which encourages people to reach for their dreams and achieve success. Team members have the opportunity to purse college sports scholarships, participate in sports camps and compete in elite regional and national competitions, while developing valuable-life skills. Team St. Luke’s is a program of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center and the community. Other INHS services include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.inhs.org.