Cream of the Crop
Athletes were at the top of their game for this annual junior competition.
Louis Riccardi prepares to throw the discus. He was also a top performer in the weightlifting and table tennis events.
The 2011 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) took place in July at Saginaw Valley State University. It was the first time the event, in its twenty-seventh year, was held in Michigan.
Saturday was a day of eagerness, as athletes and their families finished checking in, registering, and preparing for the upcoming week.
As the opening ceremonies got the Games underway on Sunday night, the more than 200 athletes from the United States, Canada, and Bermuda were ready for a week of heated competition.
The week was hot with above-average temperatures. With concerns of dehydration, athletes fought to keep cool by using spray bottles and the limited shade. If needed, medical personnel stood by.
While many competitors emerged as hardened athletes showing off their off-season training and ready to perform at a high level, others were just looking to share the sport and have a good time.
NJDC events included swimming, track and field, archery, powerlifting, table tennis, and pentathlon.
Check out the complete article in the September 2011 issue of S'NS.