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Outdoor Recreation Experience 2014 

This event is an opportunity to get involved with adaptive and regular fishing, handcycling, archery and kayaking/canoeing. The event also consists of a BBQ social at noon. This inclusive event is for participants and family members - all are invited and welcome. 

  • June 21, 2014
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Bear Lake- Chattaroy, WA
For more information click here or contact Candice Belcourt at (509) 879-8137 or belcoucm@st-lukes.org


Team St. Luke's to Scrimmage at Halftime of GU Men's Basketball Game  

On Thursday February 13, 2014 Team St. Luke's will play a scrimmage game during the halftime of the Gonzaga men's basketball game versus Pepperdine University. Come cheer on Team St. Luke's and the zags!

 


Seattle Jam 2013 

Seattle Jam Tournament 

In the second tournamnent of the season, Team St. Luke's Wheelchair Basketball team placed 4th overall at the Seattle Jam, December 7 - 8 following a tough overtime loss to the Portland Blazers.  It was a great tournament for Team St. Luke's.

 


Bridge City Classic Tournament 

Congratulations to Team St. Luke's for their participation in the Brdige City Classic, in Portland, OR.  Team St. Luke's placed 3rd overall proudly bringing home the bronze medal.  The team also beat a competitive Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America team in a close game, 26 - 23.  Way to Go!


Local Athletes to Compete in 2013 International Paralympic Athletics World Championship 

Six Current and former Tem St. Luke's members have been selected to compete in the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship, July 19- 28 in Lyon, France. They will join 76 athletes from around the nation anmed to this elite group of athletes. 

Congratulations to Team St. Luke's Athletes: 

  • Bob Hunt 
  • Chlesea McClammer 
  • Kristen Messer 
  • Austin Pruitt 
  • Isaiah Rigo 
  • Susannah Scaroni  


 Ski Fesskifestt 2013

Where: Clear Lake
When: July 13 &14 9a.m.-4p.m.
This is an adaptive water skiing, jet skiing and swimming event for people with a physical disability of all ages. For more information download the registration form. Limited scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Come and join the fun! For questions or to volunteer, please contact Candice Belcourt at 473-6685 or belcoucm@st-lukes.org.   

 


Team St. Luke’s to participate in Hoopfest

 hoopfest
Where: Downtown Spokane
When: June 29-30
Team St. Luke’s will have a total of 11 teams playing in Hoopfest this year. The adult and junior teams are excited to compete and represent Team St. Luke’s! To watch or get involved in the event, visit Spokane Hoopfest for more information.
 

 
 
 
 

outdoorOutdoor Recreation Experience 2013  

Where: Bear Lake- Chattaroy, WA
When: June 15
This event is an opportunity to get involved with adaptive and regular fishing, handcycling, archery and kayaking/canoeing. The event also consists of a BBQ social at noon. This inclusive event is for participants and family members - all are invited and welcome.
 

 
 
 To download a flyer for the event, click here. To register, or for additional information, please email Candice Belcourt, or call her at (509) 879-8137.


 

Susannah Bloomsday

Team St. Luke's Athlete Placest 1st in Bloomsday 2013  
 
Congratulations Susannah Scaroni, who finished 1st in Bloomsday's Wheelchair Race- women's open division.
Way To Go!
 

   

 

  



 Wheel Chair Basketball 

Team St. Luke's Places 12th at National Wheel Chair Basketball Tournament  

Congratulations to Team St. Luke's wheel chair basketball team for placing 12th in the National Wheel Chair Basketball Association tournment that was held in Louisville Kentucky. 

For full tournament reseults click here.   

 


Four Team St. Luke's Athletes Named as 2012 U.S Paralympic Track and Field High School All-Americans 

Congratulations to Team St. Luke's athletes Amberlynn Weber – Central Valley High School, Austin Pruitt – Central Valley High School, Chelsea McClammer – Richland High School and Mikila Salazar – West Valley High School on being selected as 2012 High School All-Americans.

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, named a total of 53 athletes as 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans. This is the third year that U.S. Paralympics has honored the top high school track and field athletes who have a physical disability.

To read the full release, click here.

 


Fall Kickoff Event

Join us at Rocky Mountain Medical for the kickoff to upcoming community recreation events, eqipment demonstrations, handcycle fittings and resource information on hunting, fishing, dowhill skiing and camping. A BBQ social will follow.

This event is for anyone with a disability interested in returning or learning more about accessing recreation in the area. Family, caregivers and friends are welcome!

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Rocky Mountain Medical - 14 E. Mission Ave. Suite #2 Spokane, WA.

To register or find out more information, please contact Candice Belcourt at 509-879-8137.


Team St. Luke’s Athletes Experience 2012 Paralympic Game 

Team St. Luke’s athletes Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, Susannah Scaroni and Amberlynn eber arrived home early Tuesday morning after competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London as members of the 2012 United States Paralympics Track & Field Team.

Kristen Messer (25YO) left the Games with a World Record as a class 33 athlete in the 100m T34 race with a time of 21.59. She placed 6th place in the 100m T34 race and did not qualify for the final round in the 200m T34 race.

“It means so much,” said Kristen in an interview with US Paralympics. “Even though they combine classes and I might not make it on the medal stand, to me this (world record) is a medal because I’m the best in my class.”

Austin Pruitt (18YO) took 5th place in the 200m with a time of 30.55, but didn't qualify for the final round in the 100m T34 race.

Susannah Scaroni (21 YO) took 8th place in the Paralympic Marathon with a time of 1:58:37.

Amberlynn Weber (18 YO) competed in the 100m (18:45); 400m (1:02.28); 800m (2:07.99) T54 races. They were extremely competitive heats. She didn’t qualify for the final rounds, missing the 100m final by only .08 seconds.

“Better watch out Rio,” stated Amberlynn on her Facebook page referring to the next Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. “I'm coming for ya!”

The United States Paralympic Team brought home 98 medals from the Games.


Going for the Gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London 


Team St. Luke’s Kristen Messer Sets World Record

Since the opening ceremonies on August 29, Team St. Luke’s and Paralympic athletes Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, Susannah Scaroni and Amberlynn Weber are competing at the highest level in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London as members of the 2012 United States Paralympics Track & Field Team.

Kristen Messer (25YO) set a World Record in the 100m T34 race with a time of 21.59. As a class 33 athlete, Kristen is the fastest women in her classification group. “It means so much,” said Kristen in an interview with US Paralympics. “Even though they combine classes and I might not make it on the medal stand, to me this (world record) is a medal because I’m the best in my class.” She placed 6th in the combined race with her World Record. To see her post-race interview and parts of the race, click here. Kristen will compete on Thursday at approximately 11:41 in the 200m T34 race.

Austin Pruitt, celebrating his 18th birthday in London, qualified and competed in the final Round of the 200m T34 men’s competition taking 5th place in the world with a time of 30.55. He will compete in the 100m on Saturday, September 8 at 11:10.

Amberlynn Weber (18 YO) competed in both the 400m (1:02.28) and 800m T54 (2:07.99) races this week. They were extremely competitive heats and while she didn’t qualify for the final rounds, Amberlynn has another shot in the 200m T54 competition on Saturday September 8 at 11:33.

Susannah Scaroni (21 YO) will compete in the Paralympic Marathon that starts and finishes in The Mall in central London. Race time is Sunday, September 9 at 11:31.

Please note, times listed are local London time. London is eight hours ahead.


Team St. Luke's Athletes Named to 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team

Team St. Luke’s athletes Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, Susannah Scaroni and Amberlynn Weber were named to the 2012 United States Paralympics Track and Field Team and will represent the United States at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Team St. Luke’s athlete Chelsea McClammer was selected as a team alternate.
 

The Team St. Luke’s athletes will compete in the following events:
• Kristen Messer – 100m, 200m
• Austin Pruitt – 100m, 200m
• Susannah Scaroni – Marathon
• Amberlynn Weber – 100m, 400m and 800m

Team St. Luke’s Paralympic Coordinator Teresa Skinner has been selected as a member of the U.S. Paralympic coaching team and will join the athletes in the games. The 2012 U.S. Paralympic Games will be the biggest Paralympic Games ever featuring 4,200 athletes from 160 countries. They will be held in London on August 29 – September 9.  


Future Bright for Benton City Paralympian

Craig Craker; Tri-City Herald 

“'We like to joke about how Chelsea came to us as a little goth girl,' said Teresa Skinner, Team St. Luke's coach. Twelve years later it's hard to imagine McClammer as anything other than a high school graduate with a sunny disposition...." 

 

 To read the full story, click here   


Outdoor Recreation Experience 2012 

The Outdoor Recreation Experience event is an opportunity to get involved with adaptive and regular fishing, handcycling, archery and kayaking/canoeing. The event also consists of a BBQ social at noon. This inclusive event is for participants and family members - all are invited and welcome.

  • Where: Bear Lake - Chattaroy, WA
  • Date: June 16, 2012
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To download a flyer for the event, click here. To register, or for additional information, please email Candice Belcourt, or call her at (509) 879-8137.


Team St. Luke’s Athletes are National Wheelchair Basketball ChampionsNWBA Team 

Colorado Springs, CO --- Team St. Luke’s, the adaptive sports and recreation program for people with physical disabilities, are national champions, winning the Junior Division at the 2012 National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Championships in Colorado Springs, CO. This is the first national wheelchair championship win in Team St. Luke’s history.

Team St. Luke’s defeated Grand Rapids to bring home the championship crown. Team St. Luke’s was led in scoring by Will Robbins (18 points) and Josh Brewer (15 points).

Team members include: Kyle Bocook, Josh Brewer, Kelsie Christensen, Chelsea McClammer, Isaiah Rigo, William Robbins, Mikila Salazar and Amberlynn Weber.

Tournament awards were also presented to:

  • William Robbins – All Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • Chelsea McClammer – All Tournament Female
  • Josh Brewer – All Tournament Male

The NWBA is comprised of over 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada.

For more information on the NWBA, visit www.nwba.org.


Jimi Flowers Classic Goes Swimmingly! 

It was an amazing weekend for swimmers Michelle Kazuba and Kim Sutton as hey competed at the Jimi Flowers Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Michelle had a 2 second personal record in the 200m backstroke and she hit 3 qualifying times to compete in the USA Swimming trails in June! Congratulations to both ladies on their hardwork and success!


West Coast Conference Results Are In!

The Jr. Basketball team played awesome at the West Coast Conference Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona over February 24-26. They won two games and lost two games, with one loss going into overtime. The team consisted of:

  • William Robbins - Mary Walker in Springdale, WA
  • Josh Brewer - University High School in Spokane, WA
  • Isaiah Rigo - Cheney Middle School
  • Kyle Bocoock - Lakeside High School in Rathdrum, ID
  • Spencer Kimbro - Getting School in Moses Lake, WA
  • Chelsea McClammer - Richland High School
  • Amberlynn Weber - Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, WA
  • Mikila Salazar - West Valley High School in Spokane Valley, WA
  • Kelsie Christensen - Garry Middle School in Spokane, WA

They are excited to see how their games will play out for National Rankings. The National Championships will be played March 21-25 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.


Mt. Spokane Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Education Day a Success!

6 participants, all of which were Team St. Luke's althletes, participated in this year's Ski and Snowboard Education Day. Each participant had the opportunity to experience 2 hour lessons with the Spokane Parcks and Recreation adaptive downhill ski program instructors. Education was provided on available adaptive downhill skis, snowboards, outriggers and other tools necessary for functional skiing. A fun day was had by all.


Adaptive Snow Skiing and Boarding Education Day

Join Team St. Luke's at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park for a day of Q&A, observations, lessons with instructors, adaptive equipment experience and a Mt. Spokane adaptive skiing program orientation. The event takes place on Saturday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For additional information, email Candice Belcourt or call at (509) 879-8137.

 

    


 

 

Team St. Luke's Profile: Scott Gade Scott Gade 

 

 

More than 20 years ago, Scott Gade lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. An athletic person, Scott was determined to walk out of the hospital. When he left the hospital walking with a prosthetic leg, Scott began to wonder what the possibilities of running would be. Just before his accident, Scott had competed in a sprint marathon and wanted to run like that again.

After living in Spokane for several years, Scott heard about Team St. Luke’s, a sports and recreation program for people with physical disabilities. While there were few athletes with prosthetic legs, he saw it as an opportunity to get involved with other athletes with physical disabilities. Scott started participating in Team St. Luke’s sports such as wheelchair basketball and found himself part of a new family. And like any good family, Team St. Luke’s provided support to help Scott achieve his goals.

Recently, Teresa Skinner, one of Team St. Luke’s coaches, called Scott and invited him to meet paralympic runners coming into Spokane. Scott met Ryan Fann and the experience was life changing.

“Ryan was just alive,” said Scott. “When he looked at me and saw me running a little bit, he said ‘Why don’t you have a [running] foot yet?’ That question really hit me hard,” Scott added. “There is someone who has done something and gone someplace that I have wanted to go; and he sees potential.” Scott saw the potential too.

Between Ryan’s contacts and the help of a local prosthetics company, Scott was sponsored for a running foot. Scott has since competed in a few track meets and continues to train for races every day.

Having his new foot and being able to run has given Scott a whole new outlook on life. “It’s rekindled the thoughts of what I wanted to do years ago and never did that are possible now. There is a whole new future set up in front of me because of what’s transpired.”

“I had a plan of action, but I know that Team St. Luke’s has certainly helped speed things along and make things happen. There’s no guarantee that my plan was going to work, but there’s no doubt that it’s working now,” said Scott. “And it wouldn’t be possible for this to be happening to me without Team St. Luke’s.”


Team St. Luke's Rocks the Seattle Jam Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Seattle Jam 

Team St. Luke’s junior and adult teams participated in the Seattle Jam Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at West Seattle High School on December 3-4, both finishing with a 2-2 record. Team St. Luke’s competed against teams from Utah, Tacoma, Seattle, California and Canada.

All of the Team St. Luke’s female athletes, Mariah Alexander (18) North Central High School, Chelsea McClammer (17) Richland High School, Jordan Clyburn (21) Spokane Falls Community College, Kelsie Christensen (13) Garry Middle School, and Mikila Salazar (15) West Valley High School, were selected to play on the Tournament's Women’s Team that weekend. Mariah Alexander was named MVP for the Women’s Team. Chelsea McClammer made the all-tournament team. Kyle Bocook (15) Lakeland High School, and William Robbins (18) Mary Walker High School, made the all-tournament team selection as well as for the whole tournament.

 
Kyle Bocook, Chelsea McClammer, Mariah Alexander (Standing) and William Robbins 


Team St. Luke's to Compete in 3rd Annual Turkey Shootout Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Fifteen Team St. Luke’s athletes and coaches will compete in the 3rd Annual Turkey Shootout, a wheelchair basketball tournament on November 18-20 in Clearfield, Utah. The Turkey Shootout will be the first basketball tournament of the season for the Team St. Luke’s Varsity team (junior age) and the Division 3 Adult team. Teams from Seattle, Berkeley, Salt Lake and Denver will compete in the tournament.

Team St. Luke’s participants include:

  • William Robbins, 17
  • Josh Brewer, 14
  • Mikila Salazar, 14
  • Kyle Bocook, 15
  • Mica Price, 15
  • Isaiah Rigo, 12
  • Kelsie Christensen, 13
  • Bob Madruga, 40
  • Jimmy Pittman, 24
  • Jordan Clyburn, 21
  • Chris Taylor, 24
  • Brad Updegrove, 40

Final Results are in for the 2011 ParaPan American Games
Team St. Luke’s athletes Bob Hunt (age 21), Chelsea McClammer (age 17), Kristen Messer (age 24) and Amberlynn Weber (age 18) had stellar performances on the track bringing home eleven medals from the 2011 ParaPan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

  • Chelsea McClammer secured her place as the “Top Performing ParaPanAm Track and Field” athlete winning six medals. She received Gold in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m and 5000m races and the Bronze in the 800m race. McClammer received the most medals of any other track and field athlete.
  • Amberlynn Weber won four medals, receiving Gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m races and the Bronze in the 100m race. “To win these medals feels so amazing, it’s more than I ever imagined”, said Weber. “I knew I would do well here, but not this well! I tried to stay out of my head and just focus on racing my race and what I needed to do, and all of the pieces came together.”
  • Kristen Messer won the Gold medal and set a world record in the 100m race. “I didn’t expect a world record, but I’ll take it,” said a glowing Messer. “I’m just so happy to be here and thankful to all of the people who helped me train...”
  • Bob Hunt placed 4th in the 100m, 5th in the 200m, 6th in the 400m and 5th in the 800m and set three personal records.

Team St. Luke’s had more athletes on the U.S. Paralympic Team than any other program in the country.


2011 ParaPan American Games Updates
Team St. Luke's has been competing phenomenally in the 2001 games, and are seeing great results. Team St. Luke's have 4 medals already!

Chelsea McClammer took the Women's Gold in the wheelchair 5000m race and the Women's Bronze in the 800m race. She was excited by the win, and the medal she recieved. “I love it, it’s really beautiful, and it feels really significant around your neck because it’s heavy, and it really has some substance and weight to it,” said McClammer. “I’m excited to show it to my friends and my teachers at school, and then I plan to hang it on my medal rack at home.”

Amberlynn Weber took the Women' Gold in both the 400m and 800m race. Click here to see her at the finish line.

Bob Hunt took 4th in the 100m finals, setting a personal record for himself.

Congratulations Team St. Luke's! 


Four Team St. Luke's Athletes to Compete at the 2011 ParaPanAm Games
Team St. Luke’s athletes Chelsea McClammer (age 17), Amberlynn Weber (age 17), Bob Hunt (age 21) and Kristen Messer (age 24) will compete in the 2011 ParaPanAm Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on November 12-20, representing the United States in track.
Team St. Luke’s will follow and compete in the same venues and live in the same village as U.S. Olympic athletes who are already in Mexico competing in the 2011 PanAm Games. Team St. Luke’s has more athletes on the ParaPanAm team than any other program in the country. For more information on the United States ParaPanAm team visit www.parapan.guadalajara2011.org. The athletes depart for Mexico on Wednesday, November 9.


Chelsea McClammer is going places!
Chelsea, an athlete with Team St. Luke's has had the opportunity to compete in many international races. She is currently in Guadalajara, Mexico competing in the Parapan American Games. She competed in the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships this past January in New Zealand. Her next destination goal - London for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Congratulations to her and good luck! To read a full article about Chelsea's success, click here.


Racing Around the World

Team St. Luke's Athlete Amberlynn Weber was featured in the November 3 issue of the Liberty Lake Splash. The article talks about her success at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Champshionships in New Zealand and her ambition to represent Team USA in the Paralympics next summer in London. To read the full article, click here.


Mikila Salazar to Participate in Cross Country State Championships
Team St. Luke’s athlete Mikila Salazar will participate in the Washington State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, November 5, in Pasco, Washington. Salazar will be racing for West Valley High School, located in Spokane Washington.

The 2011 Cross Country Championships take place at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Washington The race will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Awards ceremonies will start at 10:20 a.m.


Team St. Luke's Athletes to Compete at 2011 Parapan American Games 

Four members of Team St. Luke’s have qualified to compete in the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on November 12-20.

Team St. Luke’s has four of the 44 track and field athletes that have hit standards and will compete in the following events:

  • Chelsea McClammer (17 YO) Richland High School: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5,000m
  • Amberlynn Weber (17 YO) Central Valley High School: 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
  • Bob Hunt (21 YO) Riverside, WA: 100m, 200m and 400m
  • Kristen Messer (24 YO): 100m

For more information on the United States Parapan American Team click here.


Amberlynn Weber Takes 2nd at St. Luke's Women's Fitness Race

Team St. Luke’s athlete Amberlynn Weber took 2nd place in the Wheelchair division of the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness 5K in Boise, Idaho. The races and celebration took place September 22-24, 2011. Weber’s final time was 00:14:19.8. Weber is a 17-year-old from Spokane, Washington.

The 5K Run, Walk and Stroll is one of the largest women’s run/walks in the USA. The Celebration was founded to inspire health attitudes in participants so that it reaches their families and communities.


Ski Fest 2011 

Its time to make a splash in Ski Fest 2011! Ski Fest will be held July 23 & 24 at Clear Lake. This is an adaptive water skiing, jet skiing and swimming event for people with a physical disability of all ages. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Candice Belcourt at 473-6685. More information download the registration brochure. Registration includes boat fees, T-shirt, and lunch. Limited scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Come and join the fun!


Results of the US Paralympics Track & Field National Championships

Amberlynn Weber: 17 years old

 100M

18.57

 Personal Record  2nd ranked in the US London B/PP 
 200M

31.86 

 Personal Record  2nd ranked in the US Emerging/PP 
 400M

1:00.23

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US London A/PP
 800M

2:03.40

 Personal Record 2nd ranked in the US London A/PP


Chelsea McClammer: 17 years old

 100M  19.29    4th ranked in the US Emerging/PP
 200M  33.65    4th ranked in the US Emerging A/PP
 400M  1:01.12  Personal Record  3rd ranked in the US National B/PP
 800M  2:04.30  Personal Record  3rd ranked in the US National B/PP

Susannah Scaroni: 20 years old

 100M

21.38

  6th ranked in the US
 200M

35.56

 Personal Record 6th ranked in the US ParaPanAm
 400M

 1:07.89

 Personal Record 6th ranked in the US ParaPanAm
 800M

 2:19.44

 Personal Record 4th ranked in the US ParaPanAm

Bob Hunt: 21 years old

 100M

17.14

 Personal Record 4th ranked in the US Emerging/PP
 200M

30.52

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US ParaPanAm
 400M

1:02.05 

 Personal Record 4th ranked in the US ParaPanAm

Austin Pruitt: 16 years old

 100M

17.61

 Personal Record  1st ranked in the US National A
 200M

30.94

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US National A
 400M

58.83 

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US 

TyJuan Stevens: 19 years old
Guide Runner: Sanne Holland—15 years old (state champion this year in the 3200M)

 200M

31.69

  3rd ranked in the US
 400M

1:10.48 

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US ParaPanAm

John Gardner: 19 years old

 100M

12.73

 Personal Record 2nd ranked in the US/PP
 200M

25.83

 Personal Record 2nd ranked in the US/PP
 400M

1:00.60

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US ParaPanAm

Mikila Salazar: 14 years old

 100M

22.44

  7th ranked in the US
 200M

38.28

 Personal Record  7th ranked in the US ParaPanAm
 400M

1:13.67 

 Personal Record 8th ranked in the US ParaPanAm 

Isaiah Rigo: 12 years old

 100M

21.63

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US/PP
 200M

39.10

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US ParaPanAm
 400M

1:19.70

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US
 800M

2:53.19 

 Personal Record 3rd ranked in the US 

Kristen Messer: 24 years old

 100M

22.69

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US National B
 200M

38.78

 Personal Record 1st ranked in the US National A
 400M

1:18.40 

  1st ranked in the US

Explanation of standards:
Lowest to Highest rank: ParaPanAm, Emerging, London B, London A, National B, National A

Summary information and upcoming events:
Austin, Chelsea and Kristen have all made National standards which puts them into the Paralympic system and allows them to receive some support and opens up more opportunities/invitations for other events and camps. The athletes that have hit London standards, help get the US slots for London (Amber, Chelsea, Austin, and Kristen). The athletes that have hit emerging standards or ones that are really close, are eligible for invitations to various camps that will be offered throughout the season through the Paralympics (Bob, Chelsea, Amber). All of our athletes hit at least one ParaPanAm standard, which makes them eligible for selection but not guaranteed. It will depend on their ranking order and whether they will be selected.

All athletes, are trying to make times for ParaPanAm games that will be held in November in Guadalajara, Mexico.

We continue practicing until we leave for our last official track meet in Windsor, Canada on July 7th.

We will also be at the Bigfoot meet at SFCC on June 28th.


Team St. Luke’s Athletes Participate at Hoopfest 2011 

SPOKANE, Wash. - Athletes from Team St. Luke's, the adaptive sports program for youth and adults with physical disabilities, are participating at Hoopfest this weekend.

Team members are playing between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Northern Quest Casino Court Five, near Lincoln St. and Bridge Ave., across from Anthony's Restaurants. The teams playing are the Bamboozle, Pride, Three and a Half Men, Chairs of Fury, The Wolves, Dark Side, Neon Perfect, Rolling Thunder, and Burnin’ Hunks of Love, and The Players.

"To play and be a part of the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the World, is a great opportunity for these athletes to integrate into the community" said Teresa Skinner, Team St. Luke's Coordinator. "We feel very supported in Spokane. Hoopfest and Bloomsday are both a huge part of that “support!"

Come cheer on the Team St. Luke's as they take on other teams from around the country! Team St. Luke's has participated at Hoopfest since 1999.

*Photo opportunities available at Northern Quest Casino Court Five, near Lincoln St. and Bridge Ave.


Team St. Luke's Flying to Florida for the 2011 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships
Nine Team St. Luke's athletes will compete on the national stage in the 2011 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships June 17-19 in Miramar, Florida. Competing in this meet are:

  • John Gardner (age 19) - 100M, 200M and 400M
  • Sanne Holland (age 15; Cheney High School) - Guide Runner for TyJuan Stevens
  • Bob Hunt (age 21) - 100M, 200M and 400M
  • Chelsea McClammer (age 17; Richland High School) - 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M
  • Austin Pruitt (age 16; Central Valley High School) - 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M
  • Isaiah Rigo (age 12; Windsor Elementary School) - 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M
  • Mikila Salazar (age 14; West Valley High School) - 100M, 200M and 400M
  • Susannah Scaroni (age 20; University of Illinois) - 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M
  • TyJuan Stevens (age 19) - 100M, 200M and 400M
  • Amberlynn Weber (age 17; Central Valley High School) - 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M  

Team St. Luke's to Compete at Bigfoot Track and Field Meet

The meet will take place on June 7th at Spokane Falls Community College. Field events start at 5:30 p.m. and running events start at 6 p.m.

At this meet, three Team St. Luke’s athletes will be attempting to reach the entry standards for the USA Paralympic National Championship meet in Florida this June. These athletes include Mikila Salazar, attempting for the 400M and 100M race, Scott Gade, attempting the 100M, 200M, and 400M qualification times, and TyJuan Stevens, trying to hit the standard for the 100M and 200M race.

For more information on the track meet click here. 


Outdoor Recreation Experience
May 7, 2011, Bear Lake, 3:30 p.m.

29601 N. Newport Highway- Off Newport Highway, Chattaroy, WA 99003 
 

Please join us in the Outdoor Recreation Experience event for an opportunity to get involved with adaptive and regular fishing, hand cycling, archery, and kayaking/canoeing. The event is followed by a BBQ social. This inclusive event is for participants and family members- all are welcome. Motorized boats are not allowed.

Registration is preferred by April 27, 2011. There is no fee with registration.

To register or for additional information, please contact Candice Belcourt or call (509) 879-8137.


Team St. Luke's Participates in Bloomsday 

Congratulations to all Team St. Luke’s athletes that participated in this year’s Bloomsday wheelchair race! Isaiah Rigo took third place in the 2011 Wheelchair Junior Men race, while Amberlynn Weber, Chelsea McClammer and Mikila Salazar took first, second and third place for the 2011 Wheelchair Junior Women race. Click here for a full list of results!


Athletes to Compete in Upcoming Events 

March 18-20, 2011
Fourteen athletes will compete in the Kelowna Basketball Jam 2011. The third annual Jamboree (Jam) is an opportunity for high performance and recreationally competitive players with and without disability to play together. The tournament will host players from all over BC, Alberta and the Northwest States. The athletes competing are as follows:

Bob Madruga
Chris Taylor
Jimmy Pittman
Jordan Clyburn
Mariah Alexander
Chelsea McClammer
Amberlynn Weber
Austin Pruitt
William Robbins
Josh Brewer
Mikila Salazar
Kyle Bocook
Savannah Hurd
Casey Zeigler

Good luck to all the players!

March 11-13, 2011  

Good luck to Kim, Lilly, Michelle, Mark and Hailey who will be competing in the Waves Swim Meet at Whitworth. The meet will be a split meet with timed finals. Swimmers can swim up to five events, and awards will be given for first through sixth places in individual events. Relays placing first through third will also receive awards. Swim hard athletes!  

Several sporting events are taking place throughout the month of March in which Team St. Luke’s athletes will compete. Thank you to all the athletes, parents, volunteers and coaches for participating and continually supporting Team St. Luke’s.

March 4-6, 2011 

It’s the West Coast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Seattle. More than 13 athletes will participate. Held at the Berkeley High School in California, the outcome of these tournaments established the West Coast champion for both the Prep and 10 foot division. Their scores impact the national ranking which will determine the teams they will be playing against during the National Championship Tournament. Last year, Team St. Luke’s Prep division won the Conference Championship and the 10 foot team placed second. Let’s hope they can do it again! The athletes competing are as follows:

Casey Zeigler
William Robbins
Josh Brewer
Mikila Salazar
Kyle Bocook
Chelsea McClammer
Amberlynn Weber
Austin Pruitt
Isaiah Rigo
Kelsie Christiansen
Lilly Wright
Kim Sutton
Savannah Hurd

Good luck to all the players!   


Team St. Luke's Athletes Depart for the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships  

 

Spokane, WA – 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.


Five Team St. Luke's Athletes to Compete at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships 

September 17, 2010 - Five Team St. Luke’s athletes will compete for Team USA of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships which will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, January 21-30, 2011.

Chelsea McClammer, Christine Nielson, Amberlynn Weber, Austin Pruitt and Kasey Andrews of Team St. Luke’s will help comprise the Team USA roster of 54 athletes (34 males and 20 females). This marks the first time in history that so many athletes from one program have qualified.

“The level of commitment for these athletes is immeasurable, especially when taken into account that all are under the age of 21. They encompass a sense of mental toughness and physical prowess, that most peers their age don’t have,” said Teresa Skinner, coordinator for Team St. Luke’s. “The history they have brought about however is only made possible through the growth of this program by the collaboration of community involvement and their hard work.”

Teresa Skinner was also selected as the assistant wheelchair track coach for Team USA in this competition.

Nancy Webster, Director of Therapy Services at St. Luke’s said, “We are extremely proud of all our athletes, particularly these five that have acquired this level of achievement. Their dedication and commitment is evident. We also recognize and commend, however, the role that Teresa Skinner, their coaches, volunteers, and parents with assistance from INHS, have played in helping them attain this level of achievement.”

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.


USATF Regional Meet & USATF Bigfoot Meet Updates
June 14, 2010 - Congratulations to Team St. Luke's on great results and times for the USATF Regional Meet held on Saturday, June 5 at Eastern Washington University's track field and the USATF Bigfoot Meet held on June 8 at Spokane Falls Community College.

The following athletes competed in the USATF Regional Meet: Susannah Scaroni, Mikila Salazar, Amberlynn Weber, Isaiah Rigo, Michael Hoyt, Kasey Andrews, Jordan Clyburn, Bob Hunt, Austin Pruitt, Chance Wells, Megan Scott, and Krystle Horton. Mikila Salazar, Isaiah Rigo, Chance Wells, Megan Scott and Krystle Horton competed in field events in addition to track. Several athletes qualified for the National Jr. Disability Championsihps: Mikila (400M),  Isaiah (100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M), Kasey (100M, 200M and 400M) and Megan (100M, 200M and 400M).

The following athletes competed at the USATF Bigfoot meet at the track and field at SFCC: Susannah Scaroni, Christine Nielson, Mikila Salazar, Amberlynn Weber, Isaiah Rigo, Michael Hoyt, Kasey Andrews, Bob Hunt, Chelsea McClammer, Austin Pruitt, Megan Scott, and Jerry Martin joined us with his handcycle too. Christine and Austin hit Paralympic B standard times, the second highest ranking in the Paralympics. Several athletes qualified in the following events: Mikila (800M, shot), Michael (100M, 400M, shot, disucss and javelin), Megan (400M, shot and discuss) and Isaiah (shot and discus).


Team St. Luke's to Attend Competitive Fully-Integrated Track & Field Meets

June 3, 2010 - Hosted by Cheney Track Club, Team St. Luke’s will be attending the 2010 USATF Inland Northwest Association Championship held on June 5 from 9:00 - 5:00 pm at Eastern Washington University’s track field. The following athletes will be competing: Austin Pruitt (Central Valley High School), Isaiah Rigo (Windsor Elementary), Mikila Salazar (Centennial Middle School), Bob Hunt (Spokane Falls Community College), Susannah Scaroni (Carroll College), Jordan Clyburn (Spokane Community College), Krystle Horton (Montana State University), Megan Scott (East Valley High School), Chance Wells (Kettle Falls Elementary), Kasey Andrews (Riverside High School), Amberlynn Weber (Central Valley High School), and Michael Hoyt (Shiloh Middle School).

The team will also be attending the 35th Annual Community Colleges of Spokane Bigfoot All-Comers Track and Field Meets held on June 8, 22 and 29 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at Spokane Falls Community College. The competition is sponsored by Community Colleges of Spokane and sanctioned by the USATF Inland Northwest Association. Athletes competing in events will vary between the three days.

The USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports and is the number one high school and junior high school participatory sport.


Congratulations Mariah Alexander

2010 Dogwood Track & Field Meet Results

June 3, 2010 - Mariah Alexander is graduating from North Central High School and has signed with University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona to play on the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.

This year marks a stepping stone in Team St. Luke’s history as Mariah is the first female to be recruited to play on a collegiate basketball team. She was heavily recruited by the UA and will begin playing basketball as soon as she arrives on campus this fall.

May 20, 2010 - Team St. Luke’s competed at the 2010 Dogwood Track Meet. This year's competition was held from May 8 – 9 at University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium in Victoria, Canada and included a fully integrated meet with wheelchair and able-bodied athletes. Team members and results include:

Jordan Clyburn: 31:76 (100M), 1:06:22 (200M) and 2:11:52 (400M).
Bob Hunt: 17:36 (100M), 31:48 (200M), 1:05:14 (400M) and 2:15:04 (800M).
Chelsea McClammer: 20:11 (100M), 34:28 (200M), 1:07:58 (400M), 2:18 (800M) and 4:21.74 (1500 M)
Austin Pruitt: 19:44 (100M), 32:35 (200M), 58.76 (400M) and 2:06:82 (800M).
Susannah Scaroni: 20:67 (100M), 36:11 (200M), 1:09:40 (400M), 2:26 (800M) and 4:21.81 (1500 M)

The Dogwood Track & Field Meet is run by the Victoria Track and Field Club, a non-profit competitive track and field club which has been in existence for over 40 years. Their goals are to assist in the organization of club events and training, including supporting junior development in general track and field training.


Congratulations Team St. Luke's Bloomies and Athlete Austan Pierce

Team St. Luke's to Attend National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships

May 12, 2010 - Another successful race for Team St. Luke’s athletes at the 34th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run! Thank you to all volunteers who helped with setup during Bloomsday. A special thanks to the coaching staff and the athletes for their hard work and dedication in training for Bloomsday. The results include:

Men's Overall
15th Bob Hunt 39:03
17th Luis Betts 41:562010
Quad Division
5th Jordan Clyburn 1:19:48
Women's Quad Division
2nd Jordan Clyburn 1:19:48
Women's Division
3rd Susannah Scaroni 39:58
5th Chelsea McClammer 43:58
9th Mikila Salazar 1:05:04

Also, congratulations to Austan Pierce on his scholarship to attend the University of Texas Arlington. Austan’s interest in the university sparked during last year’s Nationals tournament where Teresa Skinner, Team St. Luke’s coordinator, introduced him to Doug Garner, coach for the UTA wheelchair basketball team. Austan kept in touch with Coach Garner and was able to meet him again during the National tournament this year hosted by Coach Garner on the UTA campus.

With interest in the university, Austan applied for admission and received a scholarship along with acceptance to play on the wheelchair basketball team. Austan will be leaving home to attend school in mid August. Congratulations Austan!


April 6, 2010 – Team St. Luke’s will be competing in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Championships April 7-11 in Denver, CO.

The NWBA is comprised of over 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States and Canada. 


Team St. Luke’s Are West Coast Conference Champions

Held at Berkeley High School in California, the outcome of these tournaments established the West Coast champion for both the Prep and 10 foot division. Their scores impact the National ranking which will determine the teams they will be playing against during the National Championship Tournament.

February 9, 2010 - Team St. Luke’s recently returned from a successful weekend at the West Coast Conference Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The Team St. Luke’s Prep division won the West Coast Conference Championship. The 10 foot team placed second.
 
Held at Berkeley High School in California, the outcome of these tournaments established the West Coast champion for both the Prep and 10 foot division. Their scores impact the National ranking which will determine the teams they will be playing against during the National Championship Tournament.

Votes for the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) were also taken from coaches across all teams. Kelsie Christiansen from Arlington Elementary won the award for MVP of the entire Prep Division.

Dr. Nancy Starr, a pediatric neurologist at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, had the opportunity to travel with the team and watch the tournaments for the first time. Involved with research regarding the positive impact of sports programs for children with disabilities, Dr. Starr witnessed the dynamics of Team St. Luke’s, "It was an awesome experience. I was so impressed by everyone’s efforts to do their best on the court and support each other as a team. I saw many kids really stretching their brains and physical abilities. The growth was exponential!"

The following are the team’s results from the tournament:

BORP vs TSL prep: 17-9
TSL vs BORP: 21-14
Seattle vs TSL: 42-50
TSL vs Seattle prep: 24-6
Denver vs TSL prep: 7-28
TSL vs Phoenix: 53-25
TSL vs Seattle: 27-3


Team St. Luke’s Qualifies for Nationals at the West Coast Regional Tournament
February 5, 2010 - Congratulations to Team St. Luke’s Austan Pierce, Austin Pruitt, William Robbins, Mariah Alexander, Casey Zeigler, Kasey Andrews and Kyle Bocook on their success at the West Coast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

Held at Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington, the outcome of these tournaments determined who would earn their spot to compete at the 2010 National Championship Tournament to be held in Denver, Colorado. Only the first and second spot teams qualify for Nationals and the team’s total scores have qualified them for Nationals.

Nick Wood, registered dietician at St. Luke’s, had the opportunity to travel with the team and watch the tournaments for the first time. A huge supporter of the team, Nick biked across America to raise funds for Team St. Luke’s. Nick recognized the impact of his efforts, “I was truly amazed at the athleticism and the aggressiveness of the games. It’s great to see the team effort of the athletes and the volunteers involved with Team St. Luke’s.” Several family members and friends were also able to travel with the team to support our players.

For the first time, the team has earned a place in the first tier of the top 16. With a spot in Nationals, the team currently ranks 8th in the entire nation for the Junior Division Ranking. The team is extremely excited and looking forward to maintaining their ranking in future tournaments. The following are the team’s results from the game:

TSL vs Denver – Win 43-29
TSL vs San Diego - Loss 61-63
TSL vs BORP (Berkeley) - Win 47-32
TSL vs Seattle – Win 55-46
TSL vs San Diego – Loss 48-55

Congratulations to all our athletes for all their hard work in placing a first tier and earning a spot for Nationals!


Half-Time show at Gonzaga  

December 27, 2009- Team St. Luke’s members had the opportunity to show off their skills during the half-time show at a Gonzaga Women’s basketball game. Click here to see photos from the event.   


Team St. Luke’s Participates in Jim Hayes Memorial Junior Division Tournament
November 30, 2009 - Congratulations to Team St. Luke’s Austan Pierce, Austin Pruitt, Casey Zeigler, Kasey Andrews and William Robbins on their success at the Jim Hayes Memorial Junior Division Tournament .

Coached by Chad Farrington, Tomie Zuchetto and assisted by Aloe Kadrevis, the team played in an 8 team tournament held on the University of Texas at Arlington campus, where wheelchair basketball is offered as a part of their collegiate athletics. With college scholarships given to play wheelchair basketball, two of our athletes are looking at attending UTA!

In prior years, our 10 foot team was considered a JV team and we were 7th in the entire country for JV, 10 foot teams. However, this season all Varsity and JV were combined to make a 10 foot Division. Last year’s results were taken into consideration, which currently ranks the team 27th in the Nation for all 10 foot teams!

Austan Pierce and Casey Zeigler were also selected to play basketball during the half-time of the University of Texas Austin versus Eastern Washington University game. The two were very excited to participate and they absolutely loved it. By the end of the tournament, Casey was selected for the All-Tournament team. The weekend brought our athletes with a lot of challenge, motivating our athletes to become better basketball players. Their total scores ranked the team in 4th place overall in the tournament. Their success will also make a huge impact on their current National ranking.

The following are the teams’ results from their games:

  • November 20th at 6 PM against Tulsa – Win (42-31)
  • November 21st at 8 AM against Bennett Blazers – Loss (32-40)
  • November 21st at 3 PM against Oklahoma City – Win (44-29)
  • November 22nd at 8 AM against Sterling Heights – Loss (55-60)
  • November 22nd at 11 AM against Houston – Loss (35-53)

Congratulations to all our athletes for their hard work and great basketball skills!


Swing for Team St. Luke’s – a benefit golf tournament
September 11, Indian Canyon Golf Course, 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
Please join us in an 18-hole scramble golf tournament benefiting Team St. Luke’s. Indian Canyon Golf Course is one of the top 25 public courses in the United States according to Golf Digest. A dinner and auction follows. Golf for one is $125 and includes golf and dinner. To register contact Kirsten Carlile at 509-473-6371 or email her at CarlilK@inhs.org 


National Junior Disability Championships Results 

August 4, 2009 - Congratulations to the 17 members of Team St. Luke's who competed at the 2009 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) on all of their success! This year's NJDC competition took place in St. Charles, Missouri and Team St. Luke's brought home 122 medals: 80 gold, 31 silver and 11 bronze. Together the team had 23 record and record breaking scores. Team members and results include:

  • Kyle Bocook: earned the gold for the shot event as well as silver medals in the discus, 100M, 200M, 400M and 800M events.
  • Carmen Campbell: earned four gold medals in the 50 yard free swim, 50 yard back swim, 4x50 yard medley swim and in the 4x50 yard free swim, as well as one silver in the javelin event, one bronze in the shot event and 5th place in the discus event.
  • Kelsie Christensen: took home the gold in the discus, javelin, shot, 100M, 200M, 400M, 50 yard free swim, 100 yard free swim, 4x50 yard medley swim and 4x50 yard free swim events. She had record scores in six of these events.
  • Jordan Clyburn: earned gold in the 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M events as well as silver in the powerlift 27.5kg, bench 32.5kg and total 60kg events.
  • Bob Hunt: record scores in the powerlift 52.5kg and total 105kg events, gold in the bench 52.5kg, silver in the 100M and bronze in the 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, 4x100 events.
  • Michelle Kazuba: had a gold winning record score in the discus event, as well as gold medal scores in the javelin, shot, 50 yard back swim, 50 and 100 yard breast swim, 50 yard fly swim and three additional 4x50 swim events, as well as a bronze in the 50 yard free swim.
  • Chelsea McClammer: earned gold medals in the100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M and 5000M events, as well as a silver medal in the javelin.
  • Christine Nielson: took gold in the club, discus, javelin, shot, 800M and 1500M events, silver in the 200M, 400M, powerlift 32.5kg and total 65kg events as well as bronze in the 100M event.
  • Emily Owens: took the gold with a record score in the 100M event, took gold in the club, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M events, as well as silver in the javelin event and bronze in the shot event.
  • Austan Pierce: took home five gold medals for the javelin, shot, powerlift 62.5kg, bench65kg, and total 127.5kg events, as well as one silver medal for the discus event.
  • Austin Pruitt: gold-winning scores in the club, discus, shot, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M and javelin, with record scores in eight of these events.
  • Isaiah Rigo: took medals with record scores in the javelin and shot events, earned gold in the 100M, 200M, 400M events and as well as silver in the discus event.
  • Mikila Salazar: took home gold medals for the discus, javelin and shot events, as well as silver medals for the 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M events.
  • Susannah Scaroni: record scores in the powerlift 40kg and total 75kg events took the gold in bench 35kg, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M events, as well as silver in the 5000M event.
  • Kimberly Sutton: took the gold in the 4x50 medley and free swim events, silver in the discus and shot events, placed 4th in the 50 yard back swim and 5th in the 50 yard free swim.
  • Amberlynn Weber: earned gold in the powerlift 55kg, bench 55kg and total 110kg events, silver in the 200M, 400M, 800M and 1500M events, as well as bronze in the 100M.
  • Casey Zeigler: took gold with a record score in the 125kg bench event, took gold in the total 227.5kg event, silver medals in the discus, shot and powerlift 102.5kg events and placed 5th in the javelin event.

Congratulations to all of the Team St. Luke’s athletes for their success!


Team St. Luke's and Hoopfest 2009 

July 1, 2009- Team St. Luke’s did not disappoint this past weekend at the annual Hoopfest 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Out of all of the participating teams, Team St. Luke’s had two teams in the championship round - the St. Luke's Boys, made up of William Robbins, Kasey Andrews, Kyle Bocook and Isaiah Rig competing against the Wheels, made up of Casey Zeigler, Austan Pierce and Josh Brewer. There were several remarkable rookie players on the five Team St. Luke’s Hoopfest teams. Team St. Luke's yet again showed Spokane just how impressive they can be! Congratulations to all St. Luke’s Hoopfest athletes and teams.


Nick Wood photoNick Wood's Ride Across America to Support Team St. Luke's
June 20, 2009 - Nick Wood, registered dietitian at St. Luke's and avid cyclist, is participating in a bicycle ride across America while raising funds for Team St. Luke's. His 50-day adventure starts in Astoria, Oregon on Monday, June 22 and ends in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday, August 10. Throughout his journey, Nick will cycle over 3,600 miles! For more information about Nick and his journey, click here. To make a donation to Team St. Luke's as part of Nick's efforts, click here. Stay tuned for more updates as we cheer Nick on!

 


Team St. Luke's Athletes Qualify for Nationals
June 15, 2009 – Please join us in congratulating the following athletes of Team St. Luke’s for their success at the USATF Inland Northwest Association Track and Field Championships. This year’s qualifying meet was hosted by the Cheney track club at EWU and was the first track meet that integrated St. Luke’s athletes with able-bodied athletes. The athletes and the team have dedicated their efforts in qualifying for the following events:

Austan: shot, discus, javelin, power lifting and bench press
Kyle: 100M, 400M shot, and javelin
Jordan: 100, 200, 400, 800, and power lift, bench
Bob: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, and power and bench
Chelsea: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000
Susannah: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000, and power and bench
Carmen: javelin
Christine: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500
Emily: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, shot, and discus
Mikila: 200, 400
Amber: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, and power and bench
Kim: 100, 200, 400, shot, and javelin
Isaiah: 100, 200, 400, and shot and discus
Kelsie: 100, 200, 400 shot and javelin
Michelle: shot, discus and javelin
Austin: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000, shot, discus, javelin
Megan: 100, and the shot
Kate: 100, 400, shot and discus   


Team St. Luke’s Athlete Competes in Paralympic World Cup Event

June 1, 2009 - Team St. Luke’s athlete and 2008 Paralympian Chelsea McClammer, was invited to compete in the Paralympic World Cup event in Manchester, England; one of only 9 athletes from the United States who was chosen to compete in this year’s event. Joining Chelsea was Team St. Luke’s coach Teresa Skinner, who was selected as one of only two U.S. coaching staff members to attend the event. Competing against seasoned athletes, Chelsea set a personal record in the 1500 meter race and came in 5th in both the 1500 and 800 meter races. Way to go Chelsea and Teresa!

 


Congratulations Team St. Luke's Bloomies
May 4, 2009 - Please help us congratulate the following athletes of Team St. Luke’s for successfully placing in several wheelchair divisions of Bloomsday 2009. A special thank you to the coaching staff and athletes for their dedication to a busy training schedule to help ensure these terrific results: 

May 4, 2009 - Please help us congratulate the following athletes of Team St. Luke’s for successfully placing in several wheelchair divisions of Bloomsday 2009. A special thank you to the coaching staff and athletes for their dedication to a busy training schedule to help ensure these terrific results 

 

 

Place  Name Time Home
16 Bob Hunt  42:39 Spokane, WA
7 Jordan Clyburn 1:15:19 Spokane, WA
1 Chelsea McClammer 38:00 Benton City, WA
2 Susannah Scaroni 40:11 Tekoa, WA
3 Amberlynn Webber 44:32 Greenacres, WA
5 Mikila Salazar 1:07:09 Spokane Valley, WA
6 Christine Nielson 1:12:26 Spokane, WA
7 Emily Owens 1:18:34 Spokane Valley, WA

 

 


 

West Coast Conference Championships

February 10, 2009 - Team St. Luke’s, the adaptive sports team for St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, hosted the first ever West Coast Conference Championship Tournament in Spokane February 7-8, 2009, at Central Valley High School. The tournament was a huge success for all the athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans, which even included a few Gonzaga Men’s Basketball team members. Teams from western Washington and Oregon travelled to Spokane to compete in this exciting basketball tournament. Congratulations to all teams! For final scores, click here.


Team St. Luke Athletes Win Medals and Break Records at NJDC
July 29, 2008 - Team St. Luke’s athletes traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey in July to compete against over 400 athletes from across the nation and the globe in the 2008 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) at Rutgers University. Five of the fifteen athletes were also invited to compete in the International Junior Disability Championships. This year’s competitions ran July 19-27 with Team St. Luke’s taking 96 gold medals, 19 silver medals, and 9 bronze. Overall the team brought home 134 medals with 15 athletes and broke 35 national records! Team members and results include:

  • Carly Allen - 3 gold medals in the shot, discus, and javelin, breaking 3 national records, and took silver and 2 bronze in swimming—100M free, 50M back and 100M back, breaking 1 national record, and a silver in 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Kasey Andrews – 4 gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin and club breaking 1 national record; 4 gold medals in the 100M, 400M, 800M, 1500M and broke 4 national records; gold in the pentathalon, breaking the national record; and a silver in 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Kelsie Christenson - 5 gold medals in the shot, discus, long jump, softball and javelin breaking 5 national records; 4 gold medals in swimming –50M free and back, 25 yd free and 100M free; and on the track 3 gold medals in 100M, 400M, and 800M and 2 silver in the 60M and 200M.
  • Jordan Clyburn – 6 gold medals in 60M, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and 4X100 Relay and 3 gold in powerlifting.
  • Bob Hunt - bronze medal in the javelin; bronze in the pentathalon and gold in the 800 Medley relay, 3 gold medals in power-lifting, and a silver in 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Michelle Kazuaba - 5 gold medals in the shot, discus, and javelin, softball and long jump breaking 3 national records; gold in 2 swimming events- 50M free and back.
  • Chelsea McClammer – 5 gold medals in the 800M, 1500M and 5000M, silver in the 100M, 200M, 400M and pentathalon; and silver in the 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Emily Owens - 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal in the shot, discus, javelin and club; 7 gold medals in the 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M and two 4X100M relays, 1 gold medal in the Pentathalon, 1 bronze medal in 3-on-3 basketball; and 6 national records in track and pentathalon.
  • Mica Price – 3 gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin; 4 gold medals in swimming-25Yd free, 50M free, 25yd back, 50M back; and 3 national records in field and 2 national records in swimming.
  • Austin Pruitt - 5 gold medals in the shot, discus and javelin, long jump and club, breaking 2 national records; gold medals in the 100M, 200M, and 400M breaking 1 national record in track; gold medal in the pentathalon, breaking 1 national record.
  • Isaiah Rigo – 3 gold medals in the shot, discus and javelin; 1 silver medal in softball; 5 gold medals in the 60M, 100M, 200M, 400M and the 4X100 Relay; and 3 national records in field.
  • Mikila Salazar -1 gold medal and 2 silver medals in the shot, discus and javelin; and one gold medal in the 4X100 relay.
  • David Watts – 4 gold medals in 100M, 200M, 400M, and 800M.
  • Amberlynn Weber – 5 gold medals in 100M, 200M, 400M, 4X100 relay and 800 medley relay; 3 silver medals in the 800M 1500M and 5000 meter race; gold medal in the pentathalon and silver in the 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Casey Zeigler - 3 gold medals in the shot, discus and javelin; 3 gold medals in power-lifting; and 1 silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

The International Competition occurred at the same time and place as the NJDCs. There were over 17 countries and 200 athletes represented at this International competition. The results from the International Competition are as follows:

  • Amberlynn Weber – Gold medal in the 4x400 relay, Silver medal in the 100m, and a bronze medal in both the 400m and 800m.
  • Chelsea McClammer – Gold in the 4x400m relay, and Silver medals in the 200m, 400m, 800m and the 5000m.
  • Jordan Clyburn – Bronze medal in the 1500m.
  • David Watts – Gold medal in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 400m.
  • Bob Hunt – 6th place in the 1500m.

Volunteer Coaches who travelled with Team St. Luke’s include: Teresa Skinner, Tomie Zuchetto, Leann Anzalone, Janell Dyball, Chad Farrington, Sara Schmidt, Karie Allen, Nicki Kane, and Krista Osborne.

The NJDC has grown since its inception in 1984 to include over 250 athletes with spinal injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, amputations, limb deficiencies, and other congenital anomalies from all over the United States and several foreign countries. Athlete’s ages range from 7 years old to 21 years old. Events included: Track, Field, Pentathlon, Swimming, Archery, Table Tennis, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, and weightlifting. Spokane was host to last year’s National Junior Disability Championships. Events were held at both Spokane Falls Community College and Gonzaga Prep High School.


Team St. Luke's Athlete Competes at 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China
June 18, 2008 - Congratulations to Team St. Luke’s athlete for her success at the Paralympics in Beijing. Chelsea did extremely well at the Paralympics beating her personal records twice with a time of 1.51.88. After returning from Beijing, Chelsea exclaimed, “It was amazing. I never expected so many fans.” Over 91,000 people attended her 800 meter track event. When asked if they made her nervous she said not really. “I forgot about them while racing and it was awesome to have the energy when I was done.” She finished in the top eight of her class. 

Chelsea’s favorite part was competing with the elite athletes and learning from them. She plans to return in 2012 for the London Paralympics. Keep your eye on this star for years to come!